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Assistant Professor of Practice, Master Teacher Opportunity
Seeking full-time Master Teacher for kindergarten 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 serves as a facility for research in HDFS and related fields. It is a model program of high quality, early education for children ages 18 months through 6 years that fosters development across the five basic developmental domains: emotional, social, language, cognitive, physical and motor. It is 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.
Qualifications: A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Child Development, ECE, or a related field. Teaching certificate, preferably issued by the State of Texas. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in early childhood education and child development. 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. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in education through their teaching.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Every year the UT Lab School employees graduate students in all of our classrooms. Although priority is given to graduate students in Human Development and Family Sciences, we welcome applicants from other departments. If you are currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin in Early Childhood Education or a related field, and you are interested in applying for a graduate assistant position, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Appointments are usually 10 hours a week on the following schedule:
- 2 days Monday through Thursday 8:30-12:30, Fridays 10:00-12:00 OR
- 2 days Monday through Thursday 1:00-5:00, Fridays 10:00-12:00.
Student Volunteer Opportunities
We are always looking for volunteers! We have classroom and administration positions available. If you are interested in volunteering at the UT Lab School, please email a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the days and hours that you are available to volunteers:
- 1 or more days Monday through Thursday 8:30-12:30
- 1 or more days Monday through Thursday 1:00-5:00