Careers at UMass Amherst

Early Childhood Teacher

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Center for Early Educ and Care
Union: PSU
Categories: Educator, Professional Staff Union (PSU), Student Affairs & Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a national ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Under supervision of the Early Childhood Supervising Teacher, develops and implements curriculum, classroom environment, behavior guidance, and parent partnerships according to Center for Early Education and Care guidelines, state licensing regulations and standards, and national accreditation criteria.  Provides a nurturing, safe environment for children which facilitates the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of all children assigned to the classroom.  Responsible for supervision of student staff assigned to the classroom. 


Essential Functions

  • Maintains classroom and playground environments to comply with Center for Early Education and Care (CEEC) guidelines and state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensing standards pertaining to health and safety and record keeping. 
  • Utilizes universal healthcare precaution protocol to prevent exposure to and spread of childhood diseases, infections, human body fluids and wastes. 
  • Maintains a safe, clean, and attractive classroom environment and instructs children to use health and safety practices.  Notifies Supervising Teacher of unsafe facility issues. 
  • Plans and implements developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum based upon observation and assessment of individual children and goals developed with parents. 
  • Ensures that curriculum complies with CEEC guidelines, state Department of Education (DOE) standards, and national accreditation criteria. 
  • Incorporates a culturally sensitive approach to early childhood programming and a respect for the diversity of the children’s families. 
  • Designs and maintains classroom and outdoor play environments to include clearly defined, well organized activity areas. 
  • Documents children’s learning and accomplishments through anecdotal notes and portfolios and trains classroom teachers in documentation of children’s learning. 
  • Communicates appropriately with children during group activities, routines, and individual interactions. 
  • Uses positive behavior guidance techniques according to licensing policy and CEEC practices. 
  • Describes these practices to student staff and parents. 
  • Conducts bi-annual assessments and parent/teacher conferences regarding each child’s development. 
  • Maintain documentation as needed for referral of children for diagnostic services. 
  • Individualizes the classroom program to meet children’s special needs. 
  • Follows CEEC protocol for reporting suspected child abuse and/or neglect. 
  • Develops a partnership with parents and invites input from parents regarding their child’s care. 
  • Communicates verbally with parents daily. 
  • Responds to parent concerns after consultation with Supervising Teacher. 
  • Contributes to parent curriculum information via Daily Summary and newsletter articles.  Shares information and resources with parents about child development. 
  • Conducts parent/teacher conferences to discuss the child’s development, goals for the child, unusual incidents, concerns, or sensitive information regarding the program and/or the child as needed.  
  • Conducts bi-annual classroom community and other parent involvement activities. 
  • Maintains confidentiality of child and family information. 
  • Participates in implementation of classroom orientation and supervision of student employees and interns assigned to the classroom. 
  • Involves student employees in curriculum planning and implementation as possible. 
  • Provides interns with opportunities to maximize their learning objectives. 
  • Assumes duties of the Early Childhood Supervising Teacher in her/his absence. 
  • Respects and adheres to staffing schedules which may be adjusted as program needs change and which may include working in other classrooms. 
  • Participates actively in team teaching through communication and collaboration in curriculum development and implementation of classroom activities.
  • Communicates directly and works to resolve team conflicts as they occur. 
  • Maintains confidentiality of colleague information.  
  • Continually updates knowledge of child development and early childhood curriculum through appropriate publications, trainings, and courses.   
  • Is committed to CEEC departmental goals of culturally responsive programming. 
  • Understands and implements non-discrimination policies and procedures.  
  • Perform related duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education, or closely related field and one year full-time experience in a licensed early childhood classroom including planning and implementing curriculum and writing developmental assessments. 
  • Able to meet EEC Teacher qualification for Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must hold current First Aid certification or acquire within six months of hire. 
  • Able to lift, move, and hold children and objects up to 40 pounds.  Able to engage in full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in classroom activities.  Able to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of varied weather conditions. 
  • Duties involve some evening and weekend hours. 


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Able to meet EEC Teacher qualification for  Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher.  Lead Teacher qualification for Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool. 
  • Experience working with ethnically diverse populations and/or bilingual fluency.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Able to lift, move, and hold children and objects up to 40 pounds.  Able to engage in full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in classroom activities.  Able to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of varied weather conditions.


Work Schedule

  • M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Duties involve some evening and weekend hours. 


Salary Information

PSU Level 25

PSU salary schedule


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information of three professional references by the priority deadline of November 18th, 2019. The search will remain open until the position is filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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