Early Childhood Teacher

Job | Posted 3 months ago


Title or Position: Early Childhood (EC) Teacher

Job Description:
The Early Childhood Teacher supports the NSSED mission and is committed to the possibilities in every learner, every day. The Teacher strives to achieve the NSSED vision to be a national leader and highly valued partner with a courageous commitment to inclusive communities that equally value all people and inspire them to be active participants in our word. 

The EC Teacher supports these student outcomes by being responsible for implementation of research based, best practice curriculum and behavior management for preschool students with and without special needs. The EC Teacher works collaboratively with support personnel, administrators and parents to facilitate the educational benefit of preschool students. The EC Teacher has high expectations for themselves as a professional and maintains these expectations for the students and staff with whom he/she collaborates.

Core Competencies:

  • Proficient communication skills
  • Effective collaborative problem-solving ability
  • Engages in continuous professional improvement
  • Possesses job specific skills required to meet essential job functions

Essential Job Functions:
  • Implement differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of all student within the NSSED Early Childhood Program including students with disabilities, at-risk, English language learners and typically developing preschoolers
  • Design and implement behavior management strategies
  • Utilize a variety of research based and best practice instructional and behavioral strategies
  • Facilitate collaborative team problem-solving and lesson/unit planning
  • Design and implement instruction to maximize active engaged time (high rates of student participation)
  • Create a learning environment that meets the tenets of the Creative Curriculum® and is conducive to learning
  • Demonstrate familiarity with student history through examination of student records
  • Design and implement educational programs which are appropriate to the individual student's academic, developmental, and social needs including students with moderate-to-severe multiple disabilities and autism
  • Develop individual educational activities to teach skills for completion of annual IEP goals and short term objectives which have been developed in cooperation with the parent and transdisciplinary team
  • Collaborate with colleagues and parents in order to share information and expertise to plan and implement effective student programs
  • Maintain open lines of communication with parents in order to facilitate understanding of the educational program and the child's progress
  • Function as a cooperative member of the transdisciplinary team
  • Maintain appropriate records as required by the NSSED Early Childhood Program including PowerIEP System and Teaching Strategies Gold Child Assessment Portfolio
  • Attend scheduled meetings, including professional development, multidisciplinary conferences and regularly scheduled building and/or supervisory meetings
  • Serve on committees necessary to promote the education of the students
  • Maintain a safe learning environment and ensure safety of each student
  • Plan for and supervise the activities of the teacher assistant(s) assigned to the teacher
  • Perform such other activities as assigned by the NSSED administrator

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
  • Requires prolonged sitting and standing
  • Must be willing and able to complete Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training and employ these skills as necessary
  • Occasionally requires physical exertion to manually move, lift (50 lbs), carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials
  • Frequent stooping, bending, and reaching
  • Must work indoors and outdoors year-round
  • Must work in noisy and crowded environments

  • Illinois Professional Educator License with Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and ELL endorsements
  • Recent experience working with preschool aged students with and without disabilities and other at-risk populations (including students with moderate to severe disabilities and/or autism).
  • Proficient in ABA experience
  • Familiarity with Teacher Strategies Gold/Creative Curriculum and/or VB-MAPP preferred but not required.

Reports to:
Director of Instruction
Learning Coordinator

Posted By

North Shore Special Education District

754 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL 60035
Compare with State

Amount per Student

State Average: $13,341

% ELL Students

State Average: 10%

Student Teacher Ratio

State Average: 15.71

% IEP Students

State Average: 15%



State Average: 246