Under the direction of the Children’s Center Director, the Teacher, as a member of a trans-disciplinary team, will be responsible for the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate educational program promoting social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development of the children served. The Teacher, as a member of this community will contribute to providing a program that enables children with and without disabilities to learn, play and develop in an inclusive and nurturing environment of educators for children from birth through six, the Teacher will participate in the collaborative development, examination, implementation and evaluation of best teaching and learning practices.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Function as a member of a trans-disciplinary teaching team; share ideas and information with colleagues; participate in the University community of learners;
Plan, organize and implement curriculum and lesson plans based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, families, communities and curriculum goals and standards that stimulate and support children’s growth and development; provide opportunities for children to experiment and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment;
Maintain classroom and playgrounds in a neat, clean, safe, attractive manner, examine environment for any potential hazards; maintain proper condition of materials and equipment in classroom; maintain inventories of materials and complete materials requests;
Advise, instruct, organize, supervise, coach and mentor Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, student staff and volunteers assigned to the room; model appropriate professional behavior and interactions with children, family and other community members;
Create a community in the classroom that is nurturing, caring, safe and conductive to learning for all members of the community; participate in inquiry, reflection, coaching and mentoring activities;
Demonstrate culturally responsive pedagogy;
Model respect for individual differences, for multiple ways of knowing;
Participates in on-going professional development;
Maintain reports, charts, checklists, anecdotal records on children; determine and plan to meet the children’s individual and collective needs;
Provides children with the necessary physical care, such as feedings, toileting, washing, and other hygienic aspects and assists in teaching self-help skills;
Develop and maintain good working relationships with families; develop and maintain positive, respectful, open two-way communication with families about their children and the Center;
Strive to exemplify the dispositions, knowledge and skills reflected in the MSU Portrait of a Teacher;
Attend meetings, workshops or courses to maintain compliance with NJ in-service requirement;
Report any instances of suspected child abuse to DYFS, classroom Teacher and Center Director
Maintain valid Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification;
Performs other duties as assigned;
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
A bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education or related field.
2-3 years of experience as a teacher in a child care, preschool or primary classroom setting.
Possession of a valid New Jersey Teacher's Certificate (Standard, Emergency or Provisional) or Permanent Endorsement, issued by the Board of Examiners of the New Jersey Department of Education, authorizing instruction in subject areas appropriate to the teaching assignment, as determined by the head of a particular school or district.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of how children learn and develop and of Early Childhood Curriculum;
Ability to learn how to make adaptations and modifications to the curriculum, plans and schedules based on individual learning needs and differences;
Knowledge of and an ability to implement the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Children’s Center after a period of training;
Strong interpersonal skill;
Ability to successfully fulfill the job responsibilities in a creative, conscientious, dependable, collegial, reflective, nurturing style;
Ability to develop into a teacher who exemplifies the dispositions, knowledge and skills reflected in the MSU’s Portrait of a Teacher (attached);
Ability to demonstrate initiative, reflective practices and life-long learning;
Possess the literacy skills associated with an educated person; can speak and write English fluently and communicate effectively;
Ability to prepare and maintain records, developmental checklists, reports and files and other materials;
Ability to physically lift and move children as needed.
Internal Number: VC-401
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