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Assistant Instructor (Head Start Assistant Teacher)
or until filled
Headstart Agency-SIUC
Office Of The Chancellor-SIUC

This is a term, non-tenure-track faculty appointment as Assistant Teacher.  The  Assistant Teacher assists the Lead Teacher to implement a program of developmentally appropriate classroom instruction and to provide a safe and nurturing environment in accordance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, Program Policies and Procedures, and Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards.  Major duties include assisting with: the development and implementation of daily study guides; developmental screenings and assessments; conducting parent teacher conferences and home visits. 

Classroom Management:

  1. Engage in physical management and care of pre-school children including, but not limited to: leveling, lifting/holding a child, running after or restraint of a child.  This includes adapting to child size/classroom environment, i.e., sitting on floor during activities.
  2. Participate in mealtime activities that include eating and role modeling, table social skills, and age appropriate conversation.
  3. Maintain a safe and organized classroom environment.
  4. Provide active supervision of children at all times (scanning, counting, zoning, setting up environment, anticipating behaviors, and listening).


  1. Implement educational activities that ensure appropriate educational outcomes, including adaptations for children with disabilities and/or dual language learners.
  2. Contribute to the preparation and maintenance of a daily schedule appropriate to the developmental needs of young children in the Head Start classroom.
  3. Assist in the preparation, implementation and posting of weekly study guides in accordance with Creative Curriculum studies and curriculum fidelity guidelines, which include adaptations for children with disabilities and/or dual language learners.
  4. Actively participate in reflective learning with supervisor, coordinators and consultants.
  5. Assist Lead teacher in use of classroom/child outcomes data to plan and implement small group and individualization activities to increase school readiness.

Paperwork and Documentation:

  1. Assist with submitting completed, accurate, and timely screenings and assessments to the Center Director.
    1. Screening to be completed in accordance with screening requests.
    2. Assessments to be completed in accordance with assessment timeline.
    3. Work with program interpreters to complete screenings and assessments in child’s home language.
  2. Complete and submit timely, accurate information such as attendance, time sheets, absence request forms (sick/personal), and travel vouchers to Center Director.
  3. Assist with generating records and submitting in-kind forms.


  1. Assist in ensuring ongoing child assessments are completed and submitted by the required due dates.
  2. Review children’s files assigned to classroom upon enrollment for limitations or restrictions, such as medical, religious, physical and inform classroom teacher.
  3. Assist in completion of checkpoints and submit by due dates. 
  4. Complete of Health and Safety Checklist of classroom and playground. 
  5. Review any applicable IEPs for children with a documented disability.
    1. Adhere to accommodations written in the IEP.
    2. Assist in completing monthly IEP goal activities.
  6. Assist in completion of parent teacher conferences and home visits for each child enrolled in the classroom and submitted in a timely manner.


  1. Discuss with lead teacher information regarding children/family information (parent/teacher conferences, home visits etc.)
  2. Contact the DCFS Hotline in cases of suspected child abuse/neglect and complete report to Center Director.
  3. Schedule and complete home visits and parent-teacher conferences per requirements, discussing child outcomes, school readiness, and working to strengthen the home to school connection. 
  4. In case of absence, immediately contact both the Center Director and Lead Teacher.
  5. Share information regarding screening and assessment results with lead teacher and parents.
  6. Discuss results with Child Development Coach and use results to plan for future activities/individualization.

Professional Development:

  1. Attend and actively participate in staff and agency meetings.
  2. Participate in 20 hours (5 of which must be Gateways Registry approved) of professional development each year per the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Day Care Licensing Regulations and the Head Start Act.
  3. Obtain and Maintain a Gateways Illinois ECE Credential level 4 or above.
  4. Obtain and maintain ServeSafe Food Handler Certification. 
  5. Obtain and maintain Interrator Reliability Certification through Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  6. Obtain and maintain CCAP training.
  7. Obtain and maintain a Gateways Registry Membership.

Additional Duties:

  1. Maintain confidentiality of all records in accordance with agency policy.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor or agency director.
  3. Participate in extra activities as needed, i.e., annual parent activity, annual parent orientation, family fun fares, literacy events.
  4. Assist in recruitment of Head Start children who are eligible for enrollment.
  5. Assist in the involvement of parents in the total program.

Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or a related field, and six (6) or more courses in early childhood education are required.

Head Start Assistant Teachers are hired based on the needs of our program. Applications are evaluated throughout the year, with first review beginning July 29, 2020. Because our needs can change quickly, having your application completed and available for review is beneficial

Applicants with Bachelor’s in ECE and two years of experience in teaching preschool children.  Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start. 

Head Start Department
Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Transcripts
Letitia Simmons
Security sensitive (subject to pre-employment criminal background investigation)

SIU Carbondale, member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideration.