Montclair State University

  • Teacher Assistant

    Job Locations US-NJ-Montclair
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    # of Openings
    College of Education and Human Services
  • Overview

    Under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher, the teaching assistant will be a member of the teaching team and will share in the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate educational program promoting social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development of the children served.


    • Function as a member of a trans-disciplinary teaching team; share ideas and information with colleagues; participate in the University community of learners.
    • Contribute to the planning, organization and implementation of lesson plans that stimulate children's growth and development; assist in the provision of opportunities for children to experience, play and learn in a warm, safe, nurturing environment.
    • Contribute to the creation of a community in the classroom that is nurturing, caring, safe and conducive to learning for all members.
    • Assist in the provision of physical care for children: helps to prepare meals; helps to feed children; helps in washing hands and faces; changes diapers; assists in toileting; assists in teaching self-help skills.
    • May be required to engage in lifting children who are non-ambulant, semi-ambulant and/or have physical needs.
    • Assist in maintaining classroom and playgrounds in a neat, clean, safe, attractive manner; examine environment for any potential hazards; maintain proper condition of materials and equipment in classroom; maintain inventories of materials and complete materials requests.
    • Advise, instruct, supervise and mentor student staff and volunteers assigned to the room; model appropriate professional behavior.
    • Contribute to the maintenance of charts, checklists, anecdotal records on children which will be used in the development of plans to meet children’s individual and collective needs.
    • Develop and maintain good working relationships with families; maintain open, positive, respectful lines of communication with families about their children and the Center.
    • Attend meetings, workshops, or courses to maintain compliance with NJ in-service requirement.
    • Identify for the teacher any child whose behavior and physical condition appears to differ from the norms.
    • Report any instances of suspected child abuse to DYFS, classroom Teacher and Center Director.
    • Maintain valid Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Certification.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Management retains the right to add or change job duties at any time. 



         NOTE: Since this is an entrance level position, there are no formal education and/or experience requirements.
         NOTE: Appointees must be able to physically lift, move, and position clients as needed.



    • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Child Development or related field.
    • Valid New Jersey Teaching Certification for Pre-School – Grade 3. 
    • Three (3) years of work experience in a preschool or child care setting as a teacher assistant or aide.
    • Ability to engage with children during outside classroom activities and playgrounds.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


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