Founded in 2017, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College was created to improve the early language and literacy skills of Georgia’s children by providing research-based professional development for organizations working with children from birth through age eight.
The Early Language Intervention Specialist will plan and develop a statewide education and professional development program in early language and literacy and early brain development for educators and organizations serving children birth to age 4. Reporting to the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy’s Executive Director, the Early Language Intervention Specialist serves as the Deal Center’s expert on the unique language development needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
As an integral part of the Deal Center’s Program Development team, the Early Language Intervention Specialist will interface and collaborate with the Programs Specialist and the Professional Development Specialist, K-3, to ensure seamless operations internally and externally to all audiences of the Deal Center. The Early Language Intervention Specialist, in coordination with the Deal Center’s Program Development team, will develop an annual training calendar, plan Early Language and Literacy Institutes, and provide training to educators and caregivers of children birth to age 4. The Early Language Intervention Specialist will anticipate and resolve roadblocks in program operation, assist in planning activities, and provide overall successful delivery of programs in early language and literacy and early brain development.
The Early Language Intervention Specialist will explore ways to provide language and literacy enrichment for children birth to age 4 who are not in formal child care settings in collaboration with public libraries, Department of Public Health, hospitals, pediatricians and community health centers, home visiting programs, and community non-profits.
Master’s degree in speech-language pathology, linguistics, child development, or a closely related field and at least 3 years of direct experience researching and/or training in early language development are required. Preferred qualifications are: Doctorate in speech-language pathology, linguistics, child development, or a closely related field; experience/knowledge of e-learning/on-line learning pedagogy and tools; and knowledge and experience with infant toddler social emotional development.
Internal Number: 6204
About Georgia College / Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy
Founded in 2017 as a statewide center for early language and literacy and located on the Georgia College campus, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy promotes research-based practices for children from birth to age eight, as well as their families, communities, and teachers in childcare centers, pre-schools, and K-3 classrooms. The Deal Center partners with universities, technical college early childhood education programs, alternative educator preparation programs and other public and private stakeholders to engage the community-at-large in the important goal of improving Georgia’s literacy rate as measured at the end of third grade. Governance responsibilities of the Deal Center are held by a Board that is appointed by the Governor of the State of Georgia. The Board includes representatives from a range of public and private organizations committed to early language and literacy improvement. See more at https://galiteracycenter.org/