Differences and Similarities

It’s fun to see what is happening in other countries! Look at the terms we use and the different ways we spell educational terms.

United States of America

United Kingdom

Australia

Paraeducator

Paraprofessional

Teacher aide

Technical assistant

Aide

Instructional assistant

Title I teacher

Bilingual teacher

Instructional assistant

Teaching Assistant

LSA (Learning Support Assistant)

NNEB (Nursery Nurse)

Teacher Aide

School Assistant

School Learning Support Officer

Learning Support

Officer/Assistant

Education Assistant

Integration Aide

Special Needs Assistant

Library Aide

Ancillary Staff/Officer

Aboriginal Community Education

Officer

Educational Paraprofessional

Defence/Defense School Transition Aide (Primary School)

Transition Mentor (Secondary School)

Preschool Assistant

Autism Support Assistant

Vision Support Assistant

Communication Support Assistant

Bilingual Assistant

Special education

Special needs

Special education

Special needs

Principal

Headteacher

Principal

Headmaster/Headmistress

Students

Pupils

Students (most common)

Pupils

Behavior

Behaviour

Behaviour

Behavior

School district

Local Authority (LA)

Local Education Authority (LEA)

School District

School Zone

Regular education

Mainstream

Mainstream education

Special educator

SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)

Special Needs Teacher

Learning Support Teacher

Support Teacher

K through 12

Nursery

Reception

Years 1 to 13

Pre-school

Kindergarten or Pre-Prep

Preparatory

Reception

Transition

Grade /elementary school

Primary school

Primary School

Middle / junior high / high school

Secondary school

Secondary School or High School