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Child Development Associate Teacher

Posted: Nov. 6, 2014

Available Jan. 5, 2015 or until filled.

The MU Child Development Laboratory will be hiring one twelve month, full-time Child Development Associate to work with children under 5 years beginning January 5, 2015.

Position Responsibilities: Serve as a Child Development Associate Teacher in a university-based early childhood preschool of 20 children between the ages 2 ½ to 5 years. Child Development Associate Teachers are primarily responsible for caring for and educating preschool children; planning, preparing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum activities that foster and encourage children’s development; developing individual learning goals for each child; conducting developmental assessments; ensuring supportive communication with parents; and demonstrating effective early childhood teaching and classroom management skills to undergraduate students. The Child Development Associate Teacher is expected to collaborate with the teaching team, other faculty, and practicum students to plan and execute a program that is developmentally sound, multi-culturally relevant, and sensitive to the range of individual differences reflected in our student, staff, and family populations.

Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s degree in early childhood education, child development, or a related field by date of hire and at least six months’ experience working with preschool-aged children.

About Us: The Child Development Laboratory is a 12-month training and research facility located in the heart of the University of Missouri's campus serving families with infant, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from the local community. The University of Missouri is located in Columbia; a city of about 108,000 inhabitants located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City. Visit these websites for information about MU, the Human Development and Family Studies department, and the Child Development Laboratory.

Deadline: Reviews of applications will begin November 25, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedures: Apply on-line at Please upload a cover letter and resume as one document. Attach transcripts as a separate attachment (we will accept unofficial transcripts for initial review, but will need official transcripts to verify training and degree prior to employment). Three current reference letters are required and should come directly from the reference writer either electronically to or as a hard copy to:

Search Committee Child Care Specialist - Preschool
Child Development Lab
31 Stanley Hall
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211

The University of Missouri-Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. To request ADA accommodations, please contact the campus ADA Coordinator.

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