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Lead Teacher

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Teacher Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Human Development & Family Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Full Time
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Position Details

Position Information

Position Title

Lead Teacher

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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 Job Functions of Position

As Lead Teacher oversee and assist students with:
• Writing lesson plans developmentally appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers

• Creating necessary complementary materials

• Implementing, reviewing, and evaluating lesson plans

• Providing care to children in the program’s care

• Progressing through the Early Childhood Professional program

• Monitor classroom activities and share feedback with program staff.

• Counsel students to facilitate improved services and safeguard a high quality of care is provided to the children.

Supervise daily activities of children in the program.

Maintain a constant presence to ensure the safety of the children at all times.

Provide loving, nurturing care, and create a wholesome and healthy environment for the children.

Maintain records of students’ progress.

Prepare and submit required reports in a timely manner.

Keep area (i.e. center organization, bulletin boards, displays, etc.) neat and organized for student use.

Organize resource and inventory materials for restocking and reordering.

Review regulations, research industry publications, etc., to identify changes in child care standards and trends. Share information about changes to appropriate staff to facilitate curriculum development continued regulatory compliance and the high quality of care for children in the program.

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

Develop and maintain professional working relationships with other teachers and employees, cooperating agencies, community groups, and program-specific businesses.

Actively participate in professional development and in-service training opportunities.

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 or as appropriate.

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

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.

Education and Experience

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.

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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

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.
Submit to Kansas Child Care Licensing Program Background Check as required by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment ( KDHE )

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

Ability to move and maneuver equipment, materials, and children weighing as much as 50 pounds.

Campus Security Authority


Special Instructions to Applicant

Advertised Pay


Work Schedule

Monday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Other - Hours may vary based on center need.



Full Time

Average Hours per Week


Months per Year






EEO Statement

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE . Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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Drug Screen Required?


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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you meet the qualifications as a Lead Teacher for toddlers and preschoolers as defined by KDHE?
    • Yes, I meet all requirements
    • No, but will complete by time of hire
    • No
  3. * Do you have three years of classroom experience in a toddler or preschool classroom setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have the ability to move and maneuver objects weighing as much as 50 pounds?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

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