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Lead Teacher, Early Learning Center

Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 12, 2024

Job Details

Position Title: Lead Teacher, Early Learning Center

Department: WIT-Early Learning Center

Advertised Pay: $15.02/hour

Campus Location: Washburn Tech

The screening committee will review all eligible applications submitted by April 27, 2024

Position Summary: The primary focus of this position is providing Toddler/Preschool care in the Early Childhood Professional Program. The incumbent will be expected to provide a positive role model for students and maintain a positive learning environment.

Essential Functions:
At the direction of the Manager/Technical Instructor of the Early Childhood Professional Program at Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech), oversee and assist students in creating and implementing lesson plans and providing care to children in the program's care. Review and evaluate lesson plans, monitor activities and provide feedback. Counsel students to facilitate improved planning, assist students in progressing through the program, and safeguard a high quality of care is provided to the children. Maintain records of students' progress. Prepare and submit required reports in a timely manner.

Keep the area (i.e. center organization, bulletin boards, displays, etc.) neat, orderly, and attractive for children and parents.

Supervise the daily activities of the children in the child care program, maintaining a continual presence to ensure the safety of the children at all times.

Provide loving, nurturing care for each child, creating a wholesome and healthy environment for the children and provide a good role-model to the students.

Review regulations, research industry publications, etc., to identify changes in child care standards and trends. Relay information on changes in standards and regulations to the Manager/Technical Instructor to facilitate curriculum development, continued regulatory compliance, and high quality of care for children in the program.

Maintain necessary paperwork on children to document compliance with health, safety, discipline, and confidentiality policies according to licensing requirements.

Develop and maintain working relationships and constructive interaction with other teachers and personnel of the school, cooperating agencies, community groups, and program-specific business and industry.

Actively participate in professional organizations, attend seminars, conferences and workshops to maintain an awareness of current issues and developments in the program field to enhance and improve program effectiveness.

Attend in-service training opportunities to stay well-informed in the field and compliant with licensing regulations as a lead teacher. Work with other teachers and staff in the program to identify and recruit advisory committee members who can provide consultation and advice relative to the direction and development of the program.

Perform additional job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED. Must qualify as a lead teacher according to KDHE regulations by fulfilling one of the following:
Completion of 5 sessions of observation for not less than 2 1/2 consecutive hours per observation in licensed preschools or child care centers; and one year of teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or one year of supervised practicum in licensed centers or preschools; or
Completion of 7 semester hours of academic credit or equivalent training in child development or early childhood education; and 3 months' teaching experience in licensed centers or preschools, or 1 year of supervised practicum in licensed centers or preschools; or
Credential as a child development associate CDA).

Required to have in-service training for communicable illnesses before hire.
Certification in pediatric first aid and pediatric CPR, basic child development, child abuse and neglect, with abusive head trauma; either before the date of employment or not later than 30 calendar days after the date of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Three years of classroom experience.
Some college coursework in education or early childhood education, preferably at least an Associate degree.

Full time Hourly
Background Check Required


 Washburn University

Washburn is a top-notch university in an urban setting where students are becoming their best selves.

Nestled in the heart of Topeka - the capital city with about 127 thousand residents - Washburn offers students from small towns a big-city feel, while providing students from major metropolitan areas a more manageable environment.

Washburn's beautiful campus - on 160 acres - is easy to navigate with state-of-the art facilities. Our Tech campus on Huntoon offers industry-standard programs leading to in-demand jobs. And with our low student/faculty ratio and small classes, you're going to get to know your professors. 

Internally, we're organized into five schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Applied Studies, the Business School, the School of Nursing, the School of Law and the Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech.)

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our students to realize their full potential; we can't do it without our dedicated faculty and staff. 

Washburn University employs more than one thousand faculty and staff on our campuses throughout Topeka. We strive to offer competitive wages, an excellent benefits program, supportive culture and healthy work/life balance. Washburn seeks to create an environment that reflects our core values: integrity, excellence, inclusion, accountability, respect, collaboration and innovation.

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