A person wishing to become a teacher assistant in Michigan must possess qualifications as required by the state and the school district they are applying to. A teacher assistant is hired as a non-certified professional to provide support services to the teacher and students in a classroom setting. This article will provide information on how to become a teacher assistant in Michigan.
Michigan Teacher Assistant Requirements
|Average Salary for Teacher Assistants in Michigan (2018)*||$27,570|
|Required Degree||High School Diploma or GED|
|Testing Requirements||Basic Skills Test MTTC or ETS Para Pro Exam|
Step 1: Meet Qualification Requirements
All teacher assistant applicants must possess the minimum education requirement of a high school diploma or GED. The second qualification involves verifying that the applicant has the skills to assist in a classroom setting. The required skills are to be knowledgeable of reading, writing, and mathematics. Fulfilling this requirement can be done in several ways. The first option is to have earned an associate's degree from an accredited college or university or have successfully completed 60 hours of college credit courses.
The second option is to verify core curriculum capabilities by taking an MDE-approved assessment. Approved assessments that will satisfy the requirements are the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification - Basic Skills Test, the SAT exam with passing scores of at least 480 in reading and writing and 530 in math, or the ETS Para Pro Assessment. All assessments must be completed with the minimum scores that are required by the state and must be taken before the applicant secures employment.
Step 2: Meet Employment Requirements
Once the applicant has met the standards set by the MDE, they will have to research any additional requirements needed for the school district that they are applying to. The applicant will first need to determine what school districts are hiring teacher assistants. This information can be found through job placement services and websites, school district employment opportunity postings, human resources departments, and even local job fairs. Each district will set its own specific requirements that must be met which are based on the district's personnel and hiring policies and the type of teacher assistant position they have. For instance, a paraprofessional that will be hired to assist in a classroom with children with hearing impairments may need to have specialized experience in working with children with this disability. Other school districts may require pre-employment training or additional background checks. It is the responsibility of the candidate to work with the human resources department to build a portfolio that satisfies additional requirements of the district.