The Early Childhood Teacher Assistant oversees and instructs students in a classroom setting. This position assists the lead teacher by utilizes innovative and effective teaching methods to enhance the knowledge and skills of students in the class. The Teacher Assistant collaborates with the lead teacher in planning, organizing, and implementing the mission of MSSU Lion Cub Academy aligned with the goals and objectives set for by the administration of MSSU LCA.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the lead teacher in developing lesson plans for classroom teaching activities.
Assists the lead teacher in implementing Creative Curriculum and Conscious Discipline within their classroom.
Conducts daily attendance checks.
Assists the lead teacher in maintaining a developmental record for children assigned to their classroom.
Collaboratively work with student worker candidates within their classroom.
Educates the children enrolled in the center in the areas of cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development.
Twice annually the lead teacher and assistant teacher will create and distribute and/or make available to the center director the educational progress reports on the children in their classroom for distribution to center parents. Parent Teacher Conference will be conducted twice a year.
Attend staff meetings and workshops to meet 12 hour minimum required by licensing guidelines.
Implements the food program; by assisting with records keeping, preparation and/or serving of meals and snacks.
Communicates effectively with all staff.
Completes paperwork assigned by lead teacher and/or director.
Assumes the lead teacher's duties whenever the teacher is out of the classroom.
Performs other related duties as required.
Complies with Missouri Child Care Licensing requirements and NAEYC Accreditation standards.
Assists the director in any project that is assigned.
Education, Experience, and Licenses
Child Development Associate Credential or equivalent is needed.
Minimum one year experience required for this position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Requires the ability to use small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.
Requires the ability to use computers, tablets, and smartphones for documentation.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel including the use of a computer keyboard; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear including the use of a telephone. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, texture perception, and ability to adjust focus. Requires the ability to smell and taste.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Internal Number: 1604592
About Missouri Southern State University
Missouri Southern State University is a four year liberal arts public institution serving more than 5,000 students in over 140 academic programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Internationally-focused semesters and enriching cultural events in theatre, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located in Joplin, MO, which is considered to be the Crossroads of America, and serves as the commercial hub for the four states area. Joplin is a resilient and vibrant city with a population of over 50,000 serving a metropolitan statistical area of 208,000. There is quick and easy access to Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City, and Tulsa, as well as numerous outdoor activities and attractions throughout the Ozarks.