Early Childhood Teacher, Professional Education
Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, MO

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PRIMARY DUTY: The Early Childhood Teacher will be responsible for full-time care and play-based instruction of 3 to 5 year old children.

Essential Functions:

1. Provide care and play-based instruction for children through the creation and implementation of developmentally appropriate activities using the constructivist philosophy
2. Facilitate family style lunch with children ages 3 to 5
3. Facilitate and monitor rest time in the classroom
4. Interact cooperatively with parents and families
5. Supervise graduate teaching assistants and university student employees
6. Mentor practicum students
7. Participate in staff meetings and in service trainings
8. Keep records as required
9. Occasionally answer phone, maintain records, work with Co-Teacher on electronic newsletters, etc.
10. Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, or other relevant discipline
Experience: Two years of work experience with children ages 3 to 5 years old
Skills: Ability to educate, interact, and build positive relationships with 3 to 5 year old children, as well as their families; create plans for developmentally appropriate activities, Missouri early learning standards-based learning centers and circle times; ability to assume leadership roles in working with teaching assistants and practicum students

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: Master’s degree in relevant discipline; exposure to and/or training in concepts and methods of the Project Construct Curriculum Framework and the Conscious Discipline Model
Experience: Teaching in early care and/or educational setting using a play-based and/or emergent curriculum

Additional Job Information:

WORKING CONDITIONS: Collegial, team-based teaching in an active environment. Work relationships are grounded in shared values; many resources available through university. The Leet Center for Children and Families is state licensed and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The ideal candidate will be energetic, creative, enthusiastic about working with children, and open to change and innovation.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise personnel as appropriate and as assigned by the Director of the Leet Center for Children and Families; Oversee and manage children; Supervise teaching assistants, student employees, and practicum students; Maintain attendance records

EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED: Standard classroom and playground equipment

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to interact with active children; Flexibility and capacity to model developmentally appropriate teaching strategies; Playground supervision; Physical stamina

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the website at www.maryville.org .

UNIVERSITY: Northwest Missouri State University is a traditional resident-based campus with total enrollment over 7,200 students, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. Northwest, a four-time winner of the Missouri Quality Award, is a teaching-focused institution requiring a twelve-hour teaching load per trimester. For more information visit the website at www.nwmissouri.edu .

COLLEGE: The College of Education and Human Services includes the academic departments of Behavioral Sciences, Health and Human Services, and Professional Education, as well as the Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. It is home to Northwest’s Professional Education Unit, preparing teachers, counselors, and administrators/leaders for the nation’s school system. Northwest has been continuously accredited at the national level since the inception of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), previously NCATE, and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The mission of the College is to create learning communities in which students and professionals develop partnerships with families, communities, schools, businesses, and other public agencies. For more information visit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/academics/ed/index.htm .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2013 and continue until position is filled

DATE AVAILABLE: August 19, 2013

TO APPLY: You will need to submit the application materials listed below in order for your application to be complete. You may submit them electronically to Michelle Drake in the Office of Human Resources at her email address, mdrake@nwmissouri.edu .

APPLICATION MATERIALS: Letter of application, resume, and a list of three references

INQUIRIES FOR THE POSITION CAN BE MADE TO:
Cindy Scarbrough, Search Committee Chair
Northwest Missouri State University
Brown Hall 137
Maryville, MO 64468
Phone: 660-562-1542
Email: cindysc@nwmissouri.edu

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