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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant Teacher

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 13, 2023

Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
The starting hourly rate for this position is listed as $20.00 but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

Job Summary:

Apply Today! The Child Development Lab is offering a $2,500 hiring bonus!

The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a relationship-based program that requires its teaching team members to build foundational trusting, caring and respectful relationships. The Early Childhood Assistant Teacher position works cooperatively and collaboratively supporting the classroom teacher, other CDL staff, parents, college students, and researchers to carry out the mission of the CDL program.

The Assistant Teacher is responsible for collaborating with the teacher to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for the children in the classroom and ensures all licensing and accreditation standards are met. This includes being able to supervise children by sight and sound at all times.

The Assistant Teacher is responsible for assisting the teacher to create and carry out developmentally appropriate and culturally-relevant curriculum and assist with on-going developmental assessment to aid in preparing the classroom environment, further developing curriculum and to assist with meeting group and individual child needs.

The Assistant Teacher positively guides children's behavior and supports and assists the teacher in meeting the social and emotional, cognitive, language, and physical needs and goals of the group as well as individual children within the group, including children with developmental delays or disabilities and/or children with challenging behaviors. The Assistant Teacher supports the teacher in supervising college students placed in the classroom, assists with modeling and training for student staff, and follows all WI Department of Children and Families group childcare licensing regulations and all CDL policies and procedures.

This position requires the following physical abilities: Sensory: Ability to supervise a group of children through both sight and sound. Mobility: Ability to sit on floor and get up and down with ease; run, jump and climb hills and step stools; and reach overhead to retrieve items on shelves above shoulder level. Walk up and down stairs. Strength: Ability to lift at least 35 pounds and ability to carry this weight across a classroom; engage in vigorous outdoor and large motor play for at least 30 minutes; and push/pull at least 3 children in stroller, wagon, and evacuation crib. Move/push classroom furniture as needed. Speed: Ability to perform physical tasks within a time frame commensurate with needs of fast-paced classroom. Quick reaction time (i.e., respond instantly to unexpected needs). This position also requires that the Teacher actively participate in outdoor activities with the children on a daily basis in all types of weather.

Responsibilities: Assists with curriculum preparation, classroom facilitation, and student monitoring to ensure safety and foster an environment of learning and development. Interacts regularly with parents.
  • 25% Assists with the planning and facilitation of classroom programming and classroom coordination and organization for a early childhood education facility according to established curriculums
  • 30% Maintains the safety and physical well-being of children in a designated classroom
  • 10% Updates and organizes individualized and developmental educational plans for children
  • 10% Assists with basic technical and administrative classroom support
  • 15% Documents effective communication with internal and external stakeholders to relay pertinent information and provide updates of child activities per established guidelines and regulations
  • 10% Assists with ongoing child assessment including: completing child observation and data collection, screening, assessments, and developmental summaries for individual children.
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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

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Associate's Degree
Preferred focus in Early Childhood Development, Human Development & Family Studies, Child Development, or a closely-related field.


Qualified candidates must possess:
- Experience working with children under the age of 8 years.
- Experience assisting with management of groups of children.
- Experience assisting with or basic knowledge of developmentally-appropriate ECE curriculum planning and assessment.

Well qualified candidates will possess:
- One year of experience assisting with managing routines in a group, regulated childcare setting with children 0-6 years of age.
- Ability to maintain patience, flexibility, and a calm demeanor in the management of daily classroom routines and child behaviors.
- A commitment to the research, teaching, and outreach mission of the Child Development Lab.
- A commitment to ensuring an inclusive work environment and treating everyone with respect, kindness, and dignity.
- Ability to communicate effectively with the CDL team, parents, students, and external stakeholders.
- A commitment to continuing education that allows the teacher to stay up-to-date with current evidence-based practices in working with young children of all abilities.

Work Schedule:

The CDL is open 7:30 AM-5:30 PM M-F, hours will vary within this time dependent upon staff needs of the program.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 16 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

Additional Information:

A yearly Criminal and Caregiver Background Check and fingerprinting will be performed. A TB test and health examination is required not more than 12 months prior to or 30 days after the first day of employment. A CPR certificate (including training in infant and child CPR, and training in AED) must be on file within 6 months of the first day of work. Abusive Head Trauma Prevention training and training in Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse are required and can be provided by CDL staff during orientation

The Child Development Lab (CDL) is a unique early care and education program for young children 0-6 years of age that also provides a teaching and research laboratory setting for university students, faculty and staff. The CDL is state-licensed and accredited by the City of Madison and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The CDL is located in a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on the beautiful UW-Madison campus in the School of Human Ecology. The CDL is licensed for 87 children and offers year-round programming. The CDL's tripartite mission is: (1) to provide UW students with supervised training opportunities associated with their course of study; (2) to provide a population and a setting in which UW faculty and students can conduct research on issues related to child development, early learning and family studies; and (3) to engage in outreach activities, such as hosting professionals and scholars from around the world, serving on committees, providing continuing education to other teachers in the community and helping to organize community service projects. The CDL has provided excellence in early childhood education, research, and teacher training for young children since its inception in 1926. The CDL was the first laboratory school in Wisconsin, and it was the first laboratory school in the nation to receive accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the 1980s.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. SoHE has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students, and 100 graduate students. See

UW-MADISON: The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a strong reputation as a research university and for producing research that improves people's lives. The University consistently ranks among the top 6 institutions in national research expenditures. In 2015, the University received a community engagement award from the Carnegie Foundation for its commitment to deeply engaging with local, regional, national, and global communities. It is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of about 43,000 students. Madison (pop. 243,000) is the state capital and combines the culture of a large urban area with the comfort of a small city. See

How to Apply:

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To apply for this position you will need to upload a resume and cover letter that addresses your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above. Applicants will also be asked to provide contact information for three professional references, include a current supervisor, who can speak to their abilities as pertains to this position. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

This position has an anticipated start date of April 3, 2023, but the start date is negotiable. May 2023 graduates are encouraged to apply.

The assured consideration date is March 27, 2023. However, we will be accepting applications until the position is filled.


Nancy Andrews
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Early Child Edu Asst Teacher(TL016)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Fixed Term

Job Number:


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