Seeking part-time Master Teacher for preschool classroom at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (Lab School) at the University of Texas at Austin. Master Teacher is responsible for creating developmentally appropriate learning environments, creating and implementing a play-based, emergent curriculum, conducting on-going, authentic assessments (portfolio-based) of development, and communicating regularly with families about their children. Master Teacher is also responsible for instructing, supervising, and assessing graduate and undergraduate students placed in the classroom.
The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory is sponsored by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology. The Lab School is an educational, research, and service facility for university students, faculty, and the community at large. It provides a setting in which university students may observe, participate, and study children under the supervision of trained Master Teachers. It also serves as a facility for research in HDFS and related fields. It's a model program of high quality, early education for children ages 18 months through 6 years that fosters development across developmental domains. It's licensed through Texas DHHS and NAEYC accredited. The program helps parents, families, students, researchers, and the public gain a greater understanding of how children develop and learn.
Responsibilities: Organizing and managing daily classroom routines and tasks. Creating developmentally appropriate learning environments. Creating and implementing a play-based, emergent curriculum to promote development across all domains for young children. Conducting on-going, authentic assessments (portfolio-based) of children’s development. Maintaining Texas DHHS licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards. Modeling best practices in child development, early childhood education, and positive guidance for UT students and observers. Instructing, supervising, and assessing graduate and undergraduate students placed in the classroom. Educating Lab School families about child development and supporting them in addressing individual family and child needs. Participating in Lab School and university events throughout the school year. Participating in on-going professional development. Representing the Lab School, including presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Assisting with administrative duties as assigned. Collaborating with colleagues to expand and realize the vision of the Lab School.
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Child Development, ECE, or a closely related field. Early childhood/elementary teacher certification preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in early childhood education and child development. At least five years experience teaching young children. Exceptional communication and collaboration skills. Thorough understanding of Texas DHHS licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards. Ability to supervise and evaluate lab experiences of graduate and undergraduate students. Evidence of competence in teaching and supervising adult learners.Opportunity for the position to be full-time for applicants with a PhD and a record of successful teaching in higher education. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in education through their teaching.
About Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory
The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (UT Lab School) is a training and research facility at the University of Texas at Austin that serves children 18 months through 6 years of age. The program is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC). The UT Lab School is also licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS).
The UT Lab School is a developmentally based program that strives to meet the needs of young children across all developmental domains. The program’s goal is to support children’s growth and development so that each child’s self-esteem is strengthened. Through a play-based, emergent curriculum, the program helps children feel good about themselves, embrace the process of learning, and become confident in their interactions with peers and adults.
The UT Lab School is staffed with faculty from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS), with graduate degrees in child development, early childhood education, or related fields. Each Master Teacher has the assistance of graduate students in their classrooms. The UT Lab School serves as a laboratory for approximately 600 undergraduat...e students, from a variety of HDFS courses, per calendar year to gain observational skills and interaction techniques with young children. With the supervision of the Master Teachers, the students observe the children from the observation booths, interact with the children on a weekly basis, or participate in daily practicum experiences in the classroom.