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Demonstration Teacher


University of Tennessee Early Learning Center for Research and Practice

Knoxville, TN

Start Date: July 22, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

12-month position

The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate the mission of the Early Learning Center (ELC)—to foster scientific understanding of young children’s development. The ELC accomplishes this mission through (a) interdisciplinary research, (b) academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, (c) early education programs for young children, and (d) outreach, advocacy, and public policy. The Demonstration Teacher is an integral part of the teaching and research mission of the ELC, providing direct training, mentoring, and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students in the program, as well as day-to-day supervision of and education programming for children. More information about the ELC is available at

Duties: Complete responsibility (full-day, year round) for the educational experiences that occur in the classroom on two levels: 1) undergraduate and graduate students assigned to the classroom, and 2) infant or toddler children enrolled in the classroom. Supervision of other teachers in order to ensure a safe, nurturing, developmentally appropriate, and intellectually challenging learning environment. Demonstration of specific teaching skills, strategies, and techniques for undergraduate and graduate student interns.

Presents professional content in multiple venues in support of the teaching and outreach components of the ELC’s mission, including presentations in courses, presentations or panels at local, state, regional and national early childhood education conferences, ELC-hosted study tours, and professional publications.

Plans and coordinates family participation events, most often in collaboration with colleagues and supervisors, in order to strengthen family connections with the curriculum for children and to foster community in the program amongst all the families. Implements culturally responsive approaches that are inclusive of the children and families in the program.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred; one of the degrees must be in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field. Experience teaching young children in a group setting is required.

Skills in teaching, evaluation, and mentoring of students. Skills in supervision, program planning, instructional strategies, and guidance techniques. Skills in design and care of physical environments, routine caregiving, parent relationships, observation, documentation, inclusion planning, and cultural responsivity. Professional level skills in interpersonal communication, written communication, management, ethical conduct, and time management and organizational skills.

Salary & Benefits

Pay Grade 38. Pay commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedures

Applications should include contact information for three professional references; transcripts; and resume.

Program Description

The Early Learning Center is a quality care and learning environment for young children, pre-service teachers, and teacher educators. Affiliated with the Department of Child and Family Studies, the center provides a laboratory setting for the investigation of children’s development in context and the growth of informed teaching practices. Highly trained program staff work in collaboration with faculty to facilitate interdisciplinary research, academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, and early education programs for young children while honoring a commitment to outreach, advocacy, and the development of public policy.

Supported by parent fee revenues and university funds, the ELC provides learning environments for young children six weeks through kindergarten as well as the academic support of more than one hundred students enrolled annually in child and family studies coursework and educators from the broader community of early childhood education. Students and faculty from additional disciplines, including audiology and speech pathology, nursing, psychology, and special education, also are served by the ELC and may contact us for information and planning.

Contact Info

Dani Rose Thibus

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