Teacher in Training, CSELC

General Functions:

The Teacher-in-Training will participate in the Clare Swan Early Learning Center’s TOT (Train Our Teachers) program which is intended to train, mentor and support individuals seeking careers in Early Childhood Education. The Teacher in Training will work toward their CDA credential guidelines and hour requirements by actively engaging in direct instruction and hands-on classroom time.

Duties and Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Complete all requirements set forth by the CDA Council to obtain the Child Development Associate Credential by completing 120 hours of direct instruction, 480 classroom hours, compiling a professional portfolio, completing an observation with a local PD specialist, and successfully passing an exam. 
  • Support teachers in preparing for individual and group learning activities.
  • Support children with a variety of age-appropriate learning experiences in all areas of development including social/emotional, cognitive, literacy and language, and gross and fine motor skills.
  • Monitor and assist in positive strategies to prevent aggressive behavior and to deescalate volatile situations. 
  • Understand basic child assessment, educational reporting with parents, and individual care plans for children.
  • Ensure regular and consistent attendance to stay on track with the program.
  • Be active and engaged in discussion topics during direct instruction hours.
  • Responsible for participating in program activities for children, both individually and within a group as necessary.
  • Reflect a high degree of sensitivity regarding confidential information.
  • Perform all related duties as needed and assigned.

Job Specifications:

  • Ability to interpret direct instruction learning and apply it while in the classroom. 
  • Ability to promote feelings of security and trust in infants/toddlers and preschoolers by being warm, supportive, and comforting, and by establishing strong and caring relationships with them.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to present information and respond effectively and sensitively. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a contributory team member in a positive, productive manner.
  • Ability to maintain composure in a sometimes stressful and fast paced work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills. 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities at once.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and exercise good judgement.
  • Ability to use computer and technology basics in essential classroom programs such as ChildPlus, tadpoles, and Teaching Strategies.

Minimum Core CompetenciesCITC Values Respectful Leadership, Professionalism, Emotional Intelligence, Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Communication Skills. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older and have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of state and federal background check.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or an approved accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social, health, educational, training, and cultural needs of the Alaska Native and American Indian community.
  • Former or current Head Start Parents are encouraged to apply.

Work Environment:

Lifting, pushing and pulling up to 50 lbs. intermittently, standing for a long period of time, stooping and bending will be required. This position will involve daily exposure to weather.

NATIVE PREFERENCE STATEMENT: Pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (PL 93-638) and as further guided by CITC’s Native Preference Policy 6.120, CITC maintains preference in all phases of employment for Alaska Native, American Indian (AN/AI) and Native Hawaiian people, including direct lineal descendants and foster or traditionally adopted children. Also included are non-Native head of household members for Native families, which includes foster or traditionally adopted Native children.


The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

Clare Swan requires vaccinations against COVID-19 for all employees. Fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-10 vaccine regimen. Anyone unable to be vaccinated either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, may request a reasonable accommodation.

Anchorage, AK

8 day(s) ago

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