Under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher, the teaching assistant will be a member of the teaching team and will share in the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate educational program promoting social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development of the children served.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Function as a member of a trans-disciplinary teaching team; share ideas and information with colleagues; participate in the University community of learners.
Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of lesson plans that stimulate children's growth and development; assist in the provision of opportunities for children to experience, play and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment.
Contribute to the creation of a community in the classroom that is nurturing, caring, safe and conducive to learning for all members.
Assist in the provision of physical care for children: helps to prepare meals; helps to feed children; helps in washing hands and faces; changes diapers; assists in toileting; assists in teaching self-help skills.
May be required to engage in lifting children who are non-ambulant, semi-ambulant and/or have physical needs.
Assist in maintaining classroom and playgrounds in a neat, clean, safe, attractive manner; examine environment for any potential hazards; maintain proper condition of materials and equipment in classroom; maintain inventories of materials and complete materials requests.
Advise, instruct, supervise and mentor student staff and volunteers assigned to the room; model appropriate professional behavior.
Contribute to the maintenance of charts, checklists, anecdotal records on children which will be used in the development of plans to meet children’s individual and collective needs.
Develop and maintain good working relationships with families; maintain open, positive, respectful lines of communication with families about their children and the Center.
Attend meetings, workshops, or courses to maintain compliance with NJ in-service requirement.
Identify for the teacher any child whose behavior and physical condition appears to differ from the norms.
Report any instances of suspected child abuse to DCPP, classroom Teacher and Center Director.
Maintain valid Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time.
NOTE: Since this is an entrance level position, there are no formal education and/or experience requirements. NOTE: Appointees must be able to physically lift, move, and position clients as needed.
Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Child Development or related field.
Valid New Jersey Teaching Certification for Pre-School – Grade 3.
Three (3) years of work experience in a preschool or child care setting as a teacher assistant or aide.
Ability to engage with children during outside classroom activities and playgrounds.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Internal Number: VC-416
About Montclair State University
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Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, the University offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus; a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level; and a highly productive, dedicated and diverse faculty and student body.
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