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Emergency Hire Early Childhood Teacher

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Temporary, Part Time

Job Summary

The Preschool Learning Lab, which is run by the Department of Psychology and Child Development, is looking for one to two Early Childhood Teachers as part-time/hourly emergency hires (90 days) for the fall, winter, or spring terms. The Early Childhood Teacher assists in the care and supervision of children ages 3-5 by engaging children in inquiry-based experiences and developmentally-appropriate activities and leading small group activities. The Early Childhood Teacher will also assist the program in ensuring all safety and sanitization protocols are implemented.

Department Summary

The Psychology and Child Development Department (PSY/CD) is a major academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).  The department offers a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Child Development, an M.S. in Psychology. The department has the largest number of majors in the college with approximately 650 undergraduate majors. As a key component of the Child Development major, the Cal Poly Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab provides a high-quality preschool environment that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. 

Key Qualifications

  • Qualified as a Child Development Teacher in California.
  • Ability to engage children in inquiry-based experiences and other appropriate activities consistent with good developmental practice.
  • Strong organizational skills; demonstrated knowledge and competence to assist in implementing a preschool curriculum.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work with children, parents, students, faculty, members of the campus community and external contacts.
  • Skill in conflict resolution and problem-solving with adults and children.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's or Associate's degree in child development or early childhood education, or completion of 24 units in child development or early education plus additional general education requirements.

Qualified as a Child Development Teacher in California: Must qualify for or hold and maintain a current Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (renewable for successive five (5) year periods). To qualify for the Child Development Teacher Permit, individuals must satisfy all of the requirements listed in one of the following options:

Option 1:
1. Complete all General Requirements (completion of 24 semester units of course work in early childhood education or child development, including at least one three-semester unit course in each of the following core areas; child/human growth and development; child, family, and community; or child and family relations and programs/curriculum; or equivalent combination of education and experience.)
2. Complete 16-semester units in general education, including at least one course in each of the following areas: humanities and/or fine arts, social sciences, math and/or science, and English and/or language arts
3. Complete 175 days of experience in an instructional capacity in a child care and development program, working at least three hours per day within the last four years. This experience must be verified by submitting an original letter from the employer on official letterhead
School-Age Emphasis under this option requires that 12 of the 24-semester units of early childhood education/child development be in school-age course work.

Option 2:
1. Complete an associate degree or higher in early childhood education or child development or a related field
2. Complete three-semester units of supervised field experience in an early childhood education setting.

1. Must successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, including a Tuberculosis clearance, not more than one year prior.
2. Possess (or have the ability to obtain by date of hire) and maintain current certification in pediatric CPR, First Aid, and fifteen hours of Health and Safety Training.
3. Provide immunization records for Measles and Pertussis vaccinations.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $17.41 - $19.15 an hour

Classification Range: $17.41 - $28.22 an hour

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.  

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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