If you’re currently considering a career in the education profession and looking for a way to gain experience, then you may want to consider a teaching assistant (TA) position. Teaching assistants in South Africa are responsible for aiding professors and teachers with their responsibilities. The largest marketplace for teaching assistants is at the secondary education level, although there are positions in universities as well. Teaching assistants who work in a university environment are either graduate or undergraduate students.
Teaching assistants may be responsible for several different administrative and educational functions. For example, a TA may grade papers, teach classes, or help with presentations. A TA may also help prepare curriculum before it is presented in a classroom or they might provide assistance to students with physical or learning disabilities. Above all else, a TA is responsible for helping teachers carry out their job more effectively and efficiently.
Teaching Assistant Training
In most cases, your training as a teaching assistant in South Africa will happen on the job. As a university graduate teaching assistant or undergraduate teaching assistant, you may not have taken any education courses, however, at the secondary education level, you will typically have taken classes that are specifically oriented towards education theory and practice.
The demand for TAs reaches across every category of education. Currently, there are many Montessori pre-schools in South Africa that are in need of TAs. Gumtree.com is one resource for finding positions in this area. However, you should bear in mind that in order to obtain one of these positions, you will need to have completed at least 120 hours of coursework.
To have the best chance of landing a teaching assistant position, you should first obtain your university education. A four-year degree in education is the best academic preparation you can obtain for these types teaching assistant jobs.
Teaching Assistant Job Opportunities and Salary
Teaching assistants may find employment in any number of educational institutions across the country. You can work in private schools, universities, high schools, pre-schools, and private tutoring centers. It is particularly helpful if you speak both Afrikaans and English when you are looking for these sorts of jobs.
Teaching assistants may also work after school to provide academic support in specific subjects. An aptitude for math, languages or science can be especially helpful.
According to Payscale.com, teaching assistant jobs pay an average salary of R50,561 and the best-paid TAs can make around R80,000. Childcare or daycare TAs generally make a lower salary than those who work for private or schools. Currently, the TA workforce is about 86% female and 14% male and most TAs have between 1 and 4 years of experience. The best paying positions are typically found in Johannesburg.
If you’re considering a career in education and would…