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Preschool Paraprofessional

Employer
Governors State University
Location
University Park, IL

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Position Type:

Administrative Appointment

Classification Title:

Teacher

Position's Functional Title:

Preschool Paraprofessional

Position Summary:

Essential Responsibilities
75%
1. Under the direction of Early Childhood Teacher, implement an age appropriate, success oriented, and developmentally appropriate curriculum meeting all NAEYC requirements. Work as a team with the teaching team, and Lead Teacher to design an environment and activities to meet the need of individual children while remaining responsive and aware of group needs.
2. Follow and maintain daily routines and schedule for all individual children in the class. Maintain classroom management by being on the floor engaging all children in play, especially during routines such as diapering and feeding times. Create a warm and accepting environment for children, families, students, volunteers and community members. Follow all DCFS standards.
3. Ensure the safety of the children in assigned group, inspecting indoor and outdoor toys and equipment daily. Assure that all children are supervised by sight and sound at all times.
4. Maintain ratios at all times, even if that means being asked to cover in another classroom to maintain ratios during naptime, at the end of the day or the beginning of the day.
5. Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices. Use and teach children Family Style Meal Service.
6. Maintaining classroom ratios when Teacher 3 has supervision or planning time.
7. Covering classrooms for napping children during outside or gym time.
8. Changing children’s diapers and feeding children in the absence of their primary teacher to maintain continuity of care.
9. Implement all classroom procedures, including washing hands, doing laundry, tooth brushing, and all other health and safety standards.
10. Floating between classrooms as needed within the Family Development Center, to best ensure quality of care.


25% Other Responsibilities

1. Abide by program philosophies on parent involvement and parent participation.
2. Document all important communication with families.
3. Complete all required documentation and reports and submit in a timely manner.
4. Assumes complete responsibility of the class over the summer, including lesson planning, and ensure the health safety and supervision of children at all times.

Four positions are available.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Educator license endorsed as a Paraprofessional Educator in Illinois (see ISBE website).
• “Noncertified Staff Noncertified staff (PARA) employed to assist in the instruction of children ages 3 to 5 shall meet the requirements set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.510(b) (Endorsement for Paraprofessional Educator) or hold an approval for paraprofessional educator received in accordance with Section 25.15(a)(2)(J) (Types of Licenses; Exchange). Paraprofessionals must obtain the appropriate Educator Licensure with Stipulations. A paraprofessional educator endorsement on an educator license with stipulations may be issued to an individual who. Is at least 20 years of age and;
Holds a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma and has met one of the following requirements: Holds an associate degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (evidence is an official transcript); or Has completed at least 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (excluding remedial coursework); or Presents an official score report from Educational Testing Service showing a score of 460 or higher on the ParaPro test; or o Presents evidence of earning the following scores on the WorkKeys test (offered by ACT): Reading for Information (4), Writing or Business Writing (3), and Applied Mathematics (4)”.
• Child Development Associate Credential or NAEYC equivalent: A minimum of 12 college credits (semester hours) in early childhood education, child development, or early childhood special education that encompass the following: child development and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development by July 1, 2020.
• As of September 30, 2017 all teachers and assistants and aides are required to have an Illinois Early Childhood Education Level 1 Credential.

Preferred Qualifications:

AA in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, or Child Development.

Posting Date:

08/23/2021

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Posting Number:

AP0249P

Type of Search:

External

Quicklink for Posting:

https://employment.govst.edu/postings/5787

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please provide a list of three professional references with current contact information.

Organization

Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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