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Job Summary

UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with 9,100 students, outstanding faculty and staff as well as beautiful facilities and grounds. UM-Dearborn was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan in 1959. Ford Motor Company gave the University of Michigan approximately 200 acres, including beautiful grounds along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus' first four buildings. The campus was initially established with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school; with some master's level graduate programs. Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs.

The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) under the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, is a high quality early childhood program which applies a Reggio Emilia inspired constructivism theory of learning. The curriculum focus is nurturing children's critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. The ECEC is a State of Michigan approved and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited early learning center for young children. The center serves as a model teacher preparation and child study facility for university students enrolled in a variety of UM-Dearborn education courses.

We are seeking part-time caring teachers inspired by children's individual process of learning.


-Identify the development and academic progress of children and plan courses of study to meet their needs. Refer children for specialized assessment when necessary while collaborating with psychologist, social workers, and special education specialist. Study social-constructivist model of early childhood education grounded in the work of Dewey, Erickson, Piaget and Vygotsky.
-Write curriculum plans and implement a Reggio inspired long term project each term.
-Lead and collaborate with university practicum students, checking weekly plans while providing verbal feedback on instructional and management techniques.
-Preparation of weekly report on student's development and keeping anecdotal notes, compiling work samples for individual portfolios.
-Explain program philosophy, teaching practices and routine to prospective families and visitors.
-Prepare materials for and represent the university at local and state early childhood conferences.

Required Qualifications*

-Bachelor's degree, Elementary Certification, Early Childhood Endorsement.
-Experience teaching children ages birth to 6 years in developmentally appropriate classrooms.
-Experience in a university laboratory school, supervising university practicum students.
-Some experience with special needs children in learning center classrooms desired.
-Experience with or extensive knowledge of the Reggio Emilia philosophy desired.
-Extensive documentation skills.
-Experience in classroom research.
-Exceptional speaking, writing skills and computer literacy.
-Successful collaboration with peers and parents.

Background Screening

The University 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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