Incumbents are required to have demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:
• Early Childhood Education;
• Child development and learning principles and applications;
• Child care administration;
• Effective oral and written communication skills.
These skills and abilities typically are acquired through a combination of education, training and experience which would include a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood education or child development administration together with two to five years of experience in a related field; or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.
Individual colleges within the Community College system provide child development centers, offering child care, child development, nutrition and related services for the pre-school children of students, staff and citizens of communities in their respective service areas. The colleges also offer academic programs in early childhood education. The child development centers provide the collateral function of serving as laboratories for practical experience by early childhood education students.
The Infant/Toddler Teacher plans and carries out learning activities for infant/toddler children in a college child development center as well as assisting early childhood education students of the Community College in gaining practical pre-school teaching experience as part of their curriculum.
Supervisory and Other Relationships
The Infant/Toddler Teacher typically reports to a Director of Child Development Center or other administrator. The position serves as lead person for Child Development Assistant Teachers, student workers and early childhood education student teachers, assisting them with preparing lesson plans and in conducting learning activities for the Child Development Center’s pre-school children. The position also assists the Director in managing the day-to-day operation of the Center.
The position has extensive relationships with Center children, parents, staff and student teachers. The incumbent is expected to represent the College in a positive manner.
The Infant/Toddler Teacher is accountable for contributing to the development and care of children enrolled in the College’s Child Development Center through effective performance in these essential functional areas:
• Teaching the Center’s children;
• Overseeing student teachers’ academic lab experience;
• Parent communications;
• Participating in Center administration.
Examples of Essential Duties and Accountabilities
The following examples of duties and accountabilities illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the position but are not intended to define the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position.
A. Teaching Children: The Infant/Toddler Teacher is accountable for providing helpful learning experiences for assigned children in the College’s Child Development Center. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Developing lesson plans and preparing materials for children’s learning activities;
2. Conduction learning activities with children;
3. Supervising the children in the full range of their activities at the Center;
4. Assessing, recording and reporting children’s progress.
B. Overseeing student teachers: The Infant/Toddler Teacher is accountable for contributing to the practical experience of the College’s early childhood education students. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Instructing and overseeing students in preparing lesson plans and materials;
2. Instructing and coaching students in conducting learning activities;
3. Assessing, recording and reporting students’ progress.
C. Parent communication: The Infant/Toddler Teacher is accountable for communicating with parents about their children’s progress as well as about the services of the Center. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Preparing reports of children’s progress and transmitting this information in person, by telephone and in writing to respective parents;
2. Conducting or participating in parent conferences;
3. Providing information to prospective parents about the services of the Center.
D. Center administration: The Infant/Toddler Teacher is accountable for contributing to the effective management of the Center by participating in its administration. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:
1. Scheduling and assigning daily tasks for Center staff;
2. Monitoring and overseeing the work of staff, students and volunteers;
3. Maintaining or overseeing the maintenance of the safety and cleanliness of Center equipment and materials;
4. Participating in registration and enrollment of children;
5. Preparing and maintaining children’s files and other records.
Professional Participation and Development
In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the Infant/Toddler Teacher is required to carry out the essential duties of:
• Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement ceremonies;
• Service on assigned committees and task forces;
• Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational and professional meetings.
All of these duties may involve attendance at evening or weekend events. The incumbent is required to maintain currency in the position’s required fields of expertise and competencies. The incumbent is required to maintain complete confidentiality of student records and other information of a confidential nature.
Incumbents typically perform their work in childcare facilities, classrooms and offices. The work does not, normally, involve any significant physical effort, though incumbents may lift or carry children from time to time. Reasonable accommodation will be made for incumbents or candidates with physical limitations.
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent State medical insurance, retirement and related fringe benefits.
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