Child Care Services, Education/Training, Other Staff/Administrative, Staff/Administrative
Job Purpose Towson University is accepting applications for a Lead Teacher in our University Child Care Center. Our lab school setting will include the duties of mentoring internships, supervising student staff and assistants, as well as, communicate the school philosophy with the University community and families at the Center. Communicate efficiently and effectively with families about the growth and development of their student. Build and foster positive and nurturing relationships throughout the University Child Care Center community. Model a love of the arts and STEM to our early learners through planning and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum while maintaining our Reggio Emilia inspired environment. Fulfill and maintain all licensing requirements, MSDE credentialing, as well as, collaborate with various university departments and represent the greater mission of Towson University.
Develop instruction that is developmentally appropriate to all students within in the classroom community. Compose regular communications with families. Assess all students and use project-based curriculum to promote growth of the whole-child and meet them at their level of learning. Create a nurturing yet structured environment for all students, both early learners and college, to explore and learn. Create and maintain portfolios on each student that aligns with MMSR and Common Core State standards. Utilize the school-wide policy for discipline and maintain confidentiality of every family and student. Follow university protocols for child abuse and state licensing requirements. Supervise and mentor student staff. Use supervisory skills to maintain the desired climate of the school. Communicate frequently with student staff. Collaborate and evaluate the performance of staff at the end of each semester. Communicate school policies with emails, meetings, and training. Model best practices as the College of Education defines them in a learner-centered engaging environment. Process staff leave requests. Communicate with families and other agencies. Communication is used to build relationships with families and needs to be maintained on a regular basis. Conferences are held 2 - 3 times a year and allows teacher and parents to plan and assess the goals for individual learning. Conferences may also be held outside of these times to address specific needs of a student or promote early intervention strategies. Portfolios are maintained to support the planning for the growth of every learner and are used to document such growth. Communication also assists families with the transition process, provides needed support, and allows for collaboration through areas of growth such as toilet training. Collaborate with various departments at the University and participate in TU initiatives. Promote the Center within the greater community. Maintain positive relationships with interns in the classrooms through constructive feedback and close communication with professors. Participate in all school initiatives, i.e. garden, internships, art gallery, family reading program, and any other interest programs. Provide administrative assistance when necessary.
Bachelor’s degree and Teaching Certification for Preschool (90+9 hours certification or MSDE teacher certificate) or a Bachelor's or Master's degree in early childhood or elementary education. One year of classroom experience. CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration certifications. The ability to design, implement, and maintain a curriculum that addresses standards as outlined in the MD College and Career Ready Standards through a learner-centered pedagogy; collect and maintain individual student portfolios; and supervise and model best practices for meeting the needs of early learners for college assistants, interns, and observers in the classroom. Preferred: Knowledge and experience collecting artifacts and creating portfolios. Experience in a lab school setting and working with college students. A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits $41,004 annually and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
Internal Number: 20000012
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).