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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) is one of the three campuses of the University of Michigan system. UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with 9,000 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.


  • Support the classroom teacher in creating a high-quality learning environment that supports the development and education of the children using the Reggio-inspired approach to learning.
  • Provoke children’s ideas and scaffold their understanding through problem solving, representational work, and conflict resolution.
  • Implement Positive Child guidance and intervention supports.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of each child by responding to their emotional, social, and physical needs as well as their educational needs
  • Effectively support the management of the classroom by maintaining consistency and developmentally appropriate expectations.
  • Lead activities under the direction of the lead teacher.
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate practice and best practice methods at all times.
  • Meet program objectives concerning education standards, quality, safety, and cleanliness.
  • Other duties directed by Lead Teacher.                                                                                                                                                                  

Please Note: This is a temporary position that can have mulitple openings that can be hired throughout the school year.

Required Qualifications*

  • Have a high school degree or equivalent education.
  • CDA or Associates degree in Child Development or another related field.
  •  Have at least 1 year of experience working with children and/or a certificate in early childhood education or currently working towards the completion of one.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
  • Exceptional communication skills (speaking and writing), and computer literacy skills.
  • Experience with documentation skills.

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.