Kindergarten Head Teacher

Medford, Middlesex County
May 14, 2014
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Kindergarten Head Teacher-14000316

This is an academic year position.

The Eliot Pearson Children's School (EPCS) is a laboratory demonstration school for the Department of Child Development at Tufts University. The school enrolls 80 children each year ages 3-8. As a laboratory school, EPCS brings together teachers, students and families to learn about child development/education and observe children interacting with one another and with adults. It is a place to try new ideas, take risks and to grow as learners. Therefore, as a laboratory school, EPCS has multiple missions:

  • Service to children and families,
  • A training site for Tufts students across disciplines,
  • A site for faculty experimentation, research and curriculum development,
  • A site for teacher education and professional development for in-service teachers,
  • Collaboration and outreach to the community,
  • Dissemination of ideas through presentations and publications.

Head teachers at EPCS are primary educators/care givers to children under their care, and mentor teachers to Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development/Tufts University students and Graduate Student Assistants (TAs). Head Teachers work collaboratively with their teaching assistants in planning/implementing curriculum, instruction and assessment of children's development and progress; working with families; and engaging program evaluation and enhancement.

The Head Teacher's responsibilities include providing a dynamic, developmental, inclusive program for kindergarten children, working with families, therapists, team-teaching and supervising University undergraduate and graduate students.

Basic Requirements:

  • Years of related experience required:  3 years' experience with teaching children, including those with special needs, with specific skills and knowledge of the Kindergarten age group.
  • Required education: Master's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Special licenses required:  MA prek-2 license and/or EEC Lead Teacher Certification; Early Childhood Teacher Certification of Students With and Without Disabilities within a year of hire;
  • Required computer/technical skills: Microsoft Office
  • Experience/flexibility with different models and approaches to curriculum and teaching practices; experience working with children whose first language is other than English; ability to engage in a learning community; Skills in designing and facilitating inclusive classroom environments and curriculum; demonstrated ability to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds; experience supervising University students and/or other aids.
  • An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively as a team
  • Experience in supervising college students
  • Openness to new ideas and teaching models and approaches
  • Knowledge and teaching experience in diverse educational settings (public and private)
  • Experience teaching K-2

Special Work Schedule Requirements:


  • Teachers will attend staff meetings and periodic parent meetings. This will happen after school hours between 3:30 and 5:30 and/or evenings 5-7pm or 7-9pm.



Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.