DEFINITION

Under the general supervision of the Child Development Center Director, performs a variety of duties to aid in the care, development, and instruction of children; performs additional duties as required at the Child Development Center.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  1. Supervises and instructs kindergarten children in play and developmental activities.
  2. Supervises and instructs kindergarten children in instructional activities complementary to elementary school instruction.
  3. Plans, as a member of the child development instructional team, learning opportunities which are appropriate to the developmental levels of the children and which meet individual needs; assists the team in evaluating the progress of children.
  4. Prepares lessons and keeps appropriate assessment and conference records for all children supervised; confers with health and social services personnel as appropriate.
  5. Provides experiences to promote the physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth of children.
  6. Maintains proper control and a suitable learning environment in assigned areas.
  7. Supervises the health and safety of children.
  8. Provides language experiences during meal time and encourages children to eat prescribed portions.
  9. Organizes and maintains material and equipment appropriate to the needs and interests of the children.  Assists in selecting material and equipment for the program.
  10. Provides directions to the CDA’s and field practice students assigned to the classroom.
  11. Participates in professional staff development activities; participates in and conducts parent education and parent involvement activities.
  12. During periods of critical personnel shortage or other emergency situation, shall temporarily perform any duties, as directed, within the authorization of any credentials or permit held by the incumbent.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned by the Child Development Center Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  1. At least sixty semester hours of course work from an accredited college or university, including at least twenty-four semester hours in subject fields related to child development or early childhood education.  Only twelve semester hours of such course work are required of holders of an elementary credential or a credential authorizing the teaching of home economics.
  2. One of the following:
    1. Two or three semester unit supervised field course work with elementary school or preschool students from an accredited teacher training institution plus one year of not less than two hours per day of service in an instructional capacity in a child development program.
    2. One year of at least four hours per day of successful paid teaching experience with elementary or preschool students in a child development program, as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or in an elementary school.
    3. Two years of at least two hours per day of successful paid experience as an aide or assistant in a recognized child development program as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing or in an elementary school.
    4. Three years of at least two hours per day of successful experience as a volunteer in an instructional capacity in a recognized child development program as defined by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing or in an elementary school.
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in basic reading, writing and mathematics skills by one of the following:
    1. A letter verifying the passage of a proficiency test developed by a school district; or
    2. An official transcript showing completion of an associate or baccalaureate degree; or
    3. The verification transcript showing passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); or
    4. Verification of the passage of a field-based assessment approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Knowledge and Abilities:  Knowledge of child development and the philosophy and methodology of early childhood and elementary education as well as changes taking place in the field; safety conditions affecting children; symptoms of childhood diseases; nutrition for young children.  Ability to plan, organize, and direct a challenging developmental and instructional program using approved curriculum publications; use a wide variety of teaching methods in order to meet the individual needs and developmental levels of children; communicate orally and in writing; properly use and to care for the materials, supplies, and equipment employed in teaching; work effectively as a member of a child development team, with children, parents, staff members, and community representatives in providing a suitable educational program; understand the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth patterns of children.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES

Frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighting up to 25 pounds.  Lifting, carrying, and/or pushing objects weighting 50 pounds.

Probationary Period:  One year.

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