The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan system. UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with 9,000 students, outstanding faculty and staff as well as beautiful facilities and grounds. UM-Dearborn was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan in 1959. Ford Motor Company gave the University of Michigan approximately 200 acres, including beautiful grounds along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus' first four buildings. The campus was initially established with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school; with some master's level graduate programs. Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs.
The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) under the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, is a high quality early childhood program which applies a Reggio Emilia inspired constructivism theory of learning. The curriculum focus is nurturing children's critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. The ECEC is a State of Michigan approved and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited early learning center for young children. The center serves as a model teacher preparation and child study facility for university students enrolled in a variety of UM-Dearborn education courses.
Support the classroom teacher in creating a high-quality learning environment that supports the development and education of the children using the Reggio-inspired approach to learning.
Provoke children’s ideas and scaffold their understanding through problem solving, representational work, and conflict resolution.
Implement Positive Child guidance and intervention supports.
Ensure the safety and well-being of each child by responding to their emotional, social, and physical needs as well as their educational needs
Effectively support the management of the classroom by maintaining consistency and developmentally appropriate expectations.
Lead activities under the direction of the lead teacher.
Utilize developmentally appropriate practice and best practice methods at all times.
Meet program objectives concerning education standards, quality, safety, and cleanliness.
Other duties directed by Lead Teacher.
Have a high school degree or equivalent education.
Have at least 1 year of experience working with children and/or a certificate in early childhood education or currently working towards the completion of one.
CDA or Associates degree in Child Development or another related field.
Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Exceptional communication skills (speaking and writing), and computer literacy skills.
Experience with documentation skills.
Please keep in mind that the above job description is meant to be a guideline and does not list in detail all of the job responsibilities of an Assistant Teacher. All duties of the Assistant Preschool Teacher position will be covered in orientation and during the “hands-on” portion of the position training.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an interactive, student-centered institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning.We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.