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Job Function/Duties:  This position is responsible for providing a high-quality developmentally appropriate program to the children in the classroom including assessment of children's development and individual needs, curriculum planning utilizing the Reggio Emilia philosophy, and building relationships with families, children, interns and colleagues. This position, referred to as Teacher, is responsible for all operations on a daily basis including supervising teacher assistants and student staff. This position is responsible for the safety and well-being of children at all times. 

*Please note: This is a grant funded position and you may work on campus or in Cummings Great Expectations/Holmes Great Expectations, a Flint Community School building. 

Teacher (duties are not listed in priority order):

Provide a safe, healthy learning environment for children birth to twelve years which includes the ability to:

  • walk, stand, sit (on chair and floor) and talk for varying periods of time.
  • utilize "child sized" furnishings and materials.
  • run or move at a brisk pace.
  • travel both indoors and outdoors on both commercial and natural surfaces.
  • use hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity for hands to finger movement, and to handle, feel, open, close or operate objects, tools, computers or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
  • occasionally climb or balance; squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • frequently lift and/or move 10-25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move 35-50 pounds.
  • exercise constant awareness by accounting for children and maintaining safety at all times.  
  • respond quickly as outlined in the emergency protocols.

Effectively manage a classroom by maintaining consistency and having high expectations for children while keeping a global vision

Foster the connection between home, school and community

Communicate and promote family involvement within classroom

Supervise 1-5 part-time student/temporary staff while managing & interacting with children

Plan & facilitate a developmentally appropriate curriculum guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach which promotes physical, social & cognitive development

Be a team oriented leader who works and collaborates with co-teachers in order to provide quality care for children & families, as well as establish a quality program

Maintain proper paperwork for families, children & staff accurately & in a timely manner

Represent the quality of programs offered at UM-Flint or Cummings Great Expectations by providing tours, enrollment information, & community outreach opportunities

Participate in research & training activities by continuing education in areas of development, curriculum & classroom methods

Provoke ideas and scaffold children’s knowledge through problem solving, representational work and conflict resolution

Observe, document & evaluate children on an on-going basis through the use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires, assessments and portfolios for family/teacher conferences

Conduct meaningful & engaging small/large group activities/projects

Organize & supervise field trips or outside of classroom experiences

Ability to work with a tolerant classroom which promotes diversity, thus enhancing social-emotional development of children

Promote a welcoming & nurturing classroom & program environment for children, families, students, faculty & other campus or community members

Administer first aid and medication within policy guidelines

Perform every aspect necessary to insure excellent child care

Build community partnerships & make community outreach efforts in order to strengthen programming, marketing & referral services for families

Exhibit a commitment to the mission & philosophy of the Center and its Administration

Perform opening and closing procedures of the center as needed

Required Qualifications*

Minimum Qualifications:

CDA, Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or Bachelor Degree in a related field as outlined by NAEYC Accreditation requirements

A minimum of one year of teaching and/or field work at the infant, toddler, preschool or early primary level

Adhere to the Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers

Excellent communication skills

Excellent organizational skills, including effective supervisory experience

Excellent attendance

Maintain certification in infant/toddler/adult CPR and First Aid

Desired Qualifications*

Desired Qualifications:

Associate, Bachelor or Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education

Possession of a valid teaching certificate with a ZS endorsement granted by the State of Michigan or a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood

At least three years’ experience teaching at the infant, toddler, preschool or early primary level

Experience with Great Start Readiness Program or Head Start

Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Knowledge of Accreditation through NAEYC

Experience with Home Visiting

Knowledge of Looping

Experience working with children with special needs

Experience in sign language or foreign language

Additional Information

If hired employee will need to produce: 

Negative TB Test result

Fingerprint Screening

Central Registry Check 


Background Screening

The Universit of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.