Curriculum Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

All staff must meet the general qualifications, personal health, orientation training and staff development requirements for the applicable position as established by RCC and the governing regulatory agencies. In addition, all staff are expected to work as part of a team, in the classroom and then generally, within the center and may be asked to assist with duties, for the benefit of a classroom or the center, not specifically mentioned on the individual job description.

CURRICULUM SPECIALIST

Position qualifications:

Preferred: Masters degree in early childhood education, education or related child development field from an accredited university; or

Bachelor’s  degree in early childhood education or child developmentrelated field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of four (4) years of age appropriate teaching experience.

Position objective:

The objective of this position is to provide leadership to the program and the classroom teams by overseeing the development and implementation of the center wide curriculum. This includes direct oversight of weekly lesson plans/daily routines for assigned classrooms  to ensure they are in accordance with the program goals, center policies, philosophy and curriculum.  While classroom teams develop and implement lesson plans the curriculum specialist ensures that age and developmentally appropriate activities are planned for individual and group skill building and independence.

Position responsibilities:

Curriculum specialist(s) are responsible for overseeing the overall classroom management and in guiding and supporting the teaching teams in the coordination of the activities for his/her program and in coordination with the philosophy and curriculum designed for each age group.  An effective curriculum specialist would be able to emphasize the strengths of each member while working toward a coordinated implementation of the daily routine, positive discipline, individual lesson plans and age and developmentally appropriate, challenging activities throughout assigned classrooms. These are accomplished through the successful completion of the following:

 

(1)               Guide preparation of each classroom activity plan so that they contribute to the care, growth and development of the children as a group and as individuals.

(2)               Be knowledgeable and able to train others on the emergency and ongoing safety procedures required and in place according to state, county and center regulations and policies.

(3)               Mentor, train and assist with teacher assigned to the classroom teams.

(4)               Lead and participate in ensuring that developmental materials required to implement the daily activities plan in accordance with the center philosophy are prepared, in part, by coordinating team participation.

(5)               Lead and participate in maintaining a clean and orderly environment conducive to optimal growth and development of children inaccordance with center , state and county licensing agencies and policies.

(6)               Lead and guide classroom team meetings on a regular basis within his/her assigned classrooms; attend required staff meetings as well as all parent meetings, as assigned.

(7)               Participate with the teaching teams as they guide children in group and individual activities.

(8)               Communicate with parents, teachers and administration in a friendly, open and positive manner, according to center policy.

(9)                Lead and mentor/train the team to successfully maintain individual files as required, including but not limited to:

  • a.     Lesson plans
  • b.     Individual children’s files
  • c.     Classroom attendance logs
  • d.     Incident reports
  • e.     Medical authorization forms

Curriculum specialists are required to annually complete twenty four (24) hours of development that shall:

(1)               Be related specifically to the development and curriculum of early childhood;

(2)               Consist of some source outside the center which may include but not be limited to audio and visual tapes, conferences
and workshops;

(3)               Be from someone with verifiable expertise or experience when conducted as in service training;

(4)               Include annually the topics required by licensing;

(5)               Pursue ongoing mentoring and training in teaching and guiding adult learners.
Curriculum specialists are required to maintain current certification for MAT, First aid and CPR.