Professor of Early Childhood Education



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Job description

Full-time Early Childhood Education (ECE) faculty member is a professional educator whose primary responsibility is to provide a quality education for Central Arizona College students. Faculty members perform instruction-related and other duties and responsibilities in accordance with the philosophy, vision, mission, policies, and procedures of the college. The relationship of the faculty member to the student is one of teacher, mentor, facilitator, and evaluator of learning.


  • Teaches assigned classes in accordance with the college workload policy and in a variety of potential modalities (e.g., face-to-face, online, hybrid, synchronous online, Weekend College, accelerated, evening or late start classes) on any campus, site or center as dictated by the needs of students.
  • Provides and presents information, content, and context through lecture, laboratory, recitation, seminars and/or other learning venues utilizing a variety of teaching/learning styles as appropriate to the course content.
  • Employs a variety of assessment tools; evaluates grades and comments on student work in order to facilitate and ensure student progress throughout the course.
  • Communicates with students as appropriate. This may include email, online discussions, virtual chats within Blackboard, instant messaging (IM), telephone and/or face-to-face consultations to provide frequent feedback. Refers students to appropriate college and community services when needed.
  • Establishes and maintains office hours per college policy.
  • Maintains records of student progress and performance; completes and returns required reports to the appropriate office by established due date.
  • Develops, prepares, and evaluates instructional materials.
  • Writes and develops syllabi and course calendars.
  • Reviews and updates course outlines, text selection and syllabi in cooperation with other faculty and appropriate district academic chair or program director.
  • Proposes and develops new courses, curriculum, programs, instructional materials, and evaluation tools as necessary to meet the needs of the students and community.
  • Collaborates with district academic chair, appropriate program director, other faculty, and other programs to review and maintain the integrity of the curriculum within established college timelines or more frequently if necessary.
  • Participates in the conceptualization and preparation of course scheduling by providing input to the appropriate lead faculty/director.
  • Assists in recruitment and retention of students through the development and implementation of teaching and learning strategies primarily in the instructional setting.


  • Assists district academic chairs or program directors with the preparation of division budgets, maintenance and distribution of necessary division equipment and supplies (e.g., science labs), and related tasks.
  • Supports district academic chairs or program directors in establishing and maintaining relationships with the business community and educational partners i.e., through community events, speakers’ bureau, service clubs, schools, advisory groups, etc.
  • Participates in the program review process in accordance with stated policies and procedures.
  • Assists and participates in the assessment of student learning on the course, program, division, and district levels.
  • Attends required college and division/department meetings, including in- service and faculty development days that do not interfere with primary responsibilities. Designated faculty will represent Central Arizona College at ATF (Articulation Task Force) meetings and disseminate information to the division chair.
  • Serves on a standing committee, an ad hoc committee or college activity provided the commitment does not conflict with the teaching schedule.
  •  Recognizes the goals and mission of the college to maintain a positive professional and educational environment that promotes student success and enhances community relations.
  •  Participates in commencement exercises in full academic regalia (unless previously excused) in accordance with stated policy.
  • Assists in promotion of college programs through community based and/or college sponsored events or other opportunities.


  • Attends and participates in professional development activities.
  • Cultivates development of instructional programs and knowledge of trends, pedagogy, andragogy, and new technologies.
  • Participates in the evaluation process as defined by Policies and Procedures.

QualificationsREPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Early Childhood Lead Faculty with Director Duties



EDUCATION: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, or closely related discipline

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years or more teaching at the postsecondary level and experience teaching in or leading early learning settings or working with or on behalf of young children in the ECE field.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Be current in subject area and possess the ability to develop, prepare, and evaluate instructional materials that promote learning, along with the willingness to utilize alternative teaching techniques and instructional technology where appropriate.
  • Knowledge and skill in the application of state and national early childhood standards, specifically the National Association of the Education of Young Children Higher Education Accreditation system.
  • Previous experience teaching in or leading early learning settings or working with or on behalf of young children in the ECE field.
  • Professional experiences that represent working across the full age range of young children (birth through age 8) and across multiple types of early learning settings.
  • Knowledge and skill in instructional design and program development
  • Knowledge and skill in various word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and integrated information software, systems, and associated hardware, e.g. personal computers.
  • Knowledge and skill in MS Teams, Access, Excel, Word, Publisher, and web design and other unique software solutions.
  • Skill in gathering, compiling, and presenting information in oral and/or written form
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty members and Faculty Effective communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with staff, leadership, faculty, students and the public
  • Skill, experience and understanding of work in an institution with a diverse faculty, staff and student population and understanding of and commitment to equity goals of the College
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in accomplishing tasks
  • Ability to analyze situations, develop solutions and make independent decisions
  • A team player who works well with others and contributes to a positive college culture


  • Job is performed in general office or comparable working area with occasional distractions such as noise, interruptions, or congested work areas with exposure to some disagreeable elements.

Central Arizona College (the College) is committed to provide equal employment opportunity in decisions involving hiring, evaluation, promotion, advancement and discipline, and educational opportunity to all applicants and employees. The College will hire without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, military status, genetic test information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

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