2538 Teacher, CDC


TITLE Teacher, CDC





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director, Child Development Center


The Teacher, Child Development Center (CDC) is responsible for planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum for children in the Child Development Center as prescribed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Teacher, CDC sets up the physical environment to meet changing needs, maintains a safe, clean, and pleasant environment, models and instructs other adults in best practice, and provides information to parents regarding their children as well as general child development information. The Teacher, CDC completes developmental assessments on each child participating in the program, maintains observational records relating to each child’s developmental progress, and conducts parent conferences with each participating family. The Teacher, CDC assists in supervising and evaluating University student performance in the Child Development Center.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in child and family development, early childhood education (ECE), or a closely related field is required by the first day of employment.

Experience: Two years of experience in child development or education with children is preferred. Supervisory experience is preferred. Experience with at-risk children is preferred.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. An understanding of early childhood growth and development, as well as the ability to apply this understanding to appropriate activities, is required. Must be able to instruct adults by role modeling in interactions with preschool children and their families. Must be able to oversee individual children and a small group of children simultaneously. A general knowledge of nutrition, health, and first aid is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

License: Certification for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid are required or must be obtained within thirty days of employment.

Other: Must be able to maintain visual contact with physical area occupied by infants, toddlers, or pre-school children. Must be able to get up and down from the floor, move quickly, and lift a minimum of 10 pounds. Successful completion of the screening process for the Family Care Safety Registry is required. Must attend required child care licensing training (12 clock hours).


1. Ensures the goals and objectives of the Child Development Center are met by planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children and instructing, modeling, and demonstrating appropriate developmental practices as described by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

2. Determines the developmental progress of children participating in the children’s programs by completing developmental assessment on each child at the time of entry into the program and periodically during their participation, maintaining weekly observational records relating to each child’s developmental progress and interaction with parent(s), and conducting parent conferences with each family at least once per semester.

3. Ensures continuity of the children’s programs curricula by developing and maintaining current lesson plans for all instructional periods and providing specific guidance to substitutes regarding the status of instructions.

4. Helps to provide an effective learning environment for children’s programs by supervising staff and students, assigning areas of responsibility or projects based upon expertise and/or qualifications, and evaluating work performance.

5. Provides an appropriate learning environment for University students by assisting Child and Family Development students in planning and implementing activities in the Center, assisting in the pre-service workshops for designated students, and participating in the evaluation of Child and Family Development student teaching performances.

6. Advises the Director, CDC of the status of on-going programs and activities by assisting with attendance and Child Care Food Program records and preparing and submitting such reports as are required or appropriate.

7. Maintains professional competence and expands the knowledge base and ability of the Children’s programs to serve its constituencies by attending professional development seminars, workshops, in-service training, and related activities, implementing appropriate program modifications, and sharing information gained from those professional activities with other professionals.

8. Participates as a member of the Early Childhood and Family Development instructional staff by supervising and evaluating student performance in the Center.

9. Promotes a positive image of the University by maintaining membership and providing leadership to professional organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and developing cooperative working relationships with regional child care agencies and professionals.

10. Contributes to the effectiveness of administrative management within the Child Development Center by attending planning sessions and Child Development Center staff meetings as required, resolving special situations as they arise, participating in ongoing training regarding the program, children and families, and assisting in planning and conducting activities such as special events, fundraising events, and open houses as requested.

11. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the Child Development Center by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Teacher, CDC is supervised by the Lead Teacher and supervises Assistant Teachers, students, and assigned practicum students.


JULY 2013