Assistant Professor of Practice: Master Teacher at the UT Lab School

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
May 03, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time

Assistant Professor of Practice: Master Teacher at the UT Lab School

College/School/Unit: College of Natural Sciences
Department: School of Human Ecology - Human Development and Family Sciences
Posted: May 1, 2021
Apply By: Jun 15, 2021


Seeking part-time Master Teacher for preschool classroom at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (Lab School) at the University of Texas at Austin. Master Teacher is responsible for creating developmentally appropriate learning environments, creating and implementing a play-based, emergent curriculum, conducting on-going, authentic assessments (portfolio-based) of development, and communicating regularly with families about their children. Master Teacher is also responsible for instructing, supervising, and assessing graduate and undergraduate students placed in the classroom.

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory is sponsored by the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology. The Lab School is an educational, research, and service facility for university students, faculty, and the community at large. It provides a setting in which university students may observe, participate, and study children under the supervision of trained Master Teachers. It also serves as a facility for research in HDFS and related fields. It's a model program of high quality, early education for children ages 18 months through 6 years that fosters development across developmental domains. It's licensed through Texas DHHS and NAEYC accredited. The program helps parents, families, students, researchers, and the public gain a greater understanding of how children develop and learn.

Responsibilities: Organizing and managing daily classroom routines and tasks. Creating developmentally appropriate learning environments. Creating and implementing a play-based, emergent curriculum to promote development across all domains for young children. Conducting on-going, authentic assessments (portfolio-based) of children's development. Maintaining Texas DHHS licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards. Modeling best practices in child development, early childhood education, and positive guidance for UT students and observers. Instructing, supervising, and assessing graduate and undergraduate students placed in the classroom. Educating Lab School families about child development and supporting them in addressing individual family and child needs. Participating in Lab School and university events throughout the school year. Participating in on-going professional development. Representing the Lab School, including presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Assisting with administrative duties as assigned. Collaborating with colleagues to expand and realize the vision of the Lab School.


A minimum of a Master's Degree in Child Development, ECE, or a closely related field. Early childhood/elementary teacher certification preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in early childhood education and child development. At least five years experience teaching young children. Exceptional communication and collaboration skills. Thorough understanding of Texas DHHS licensing and NAEYC accreditation standards. Ability to supervise and evaluate lab experiences of graduate and undergraduate students. Evidence of competence in teaching and supervising adult learners. Opportunity for the position to be full-time for applicants with a PhD and a record of successful teaching in higher education. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in education through their teaching.

Application Instructions

Please upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae or resume, and three confidential letters of recommendation (from supervisors) that address the candidate's effectiveness as a Master Teacher.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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