Jan 13, 2024

Early Childhood Program Teaching Assistant

  • TrulyHired
  • Urbana, IL, USA

Job Description

Urbana School District #116

TITLE: Early Childhood Program Teaching Assistant

LOCATION: Urbana Early Childhood School

SUPERVISOR: Certified Classroom Teacher, Building Principal

JOB SUMMARY: Work under the immediate supervision of the assigned teacher and under the general supervision of the principal.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Be a part of instructional planning in classroom as arranged by classroom teacher.
  • Participate in debriefing sessions at the end of each session to evaluate the session, record data and to plan for needed changes.
  • Attend inservice training sessions as required by principal/district.
  • Assist all students to successfully achieve independence, progress on his/her educational goals and objectives, meet the individual unique needs, engage in positive social interactions with peers.
  • Implement lesson plans and behavior management procedures developed by the classroom team.
  • Prepare instructional materials prior to class time and organize them so they are easily accessible.
  • Organize and maintain orderly classroom centers.
  • Facilitate instruction in large and small group activities as well as facilitate learning in child directed activities.
  • Assist with tasks related to food program.
  • Prepare classroom displays, bulletin boards, arrange for audio visual equipment, etc.
  • Learn and use language intervention techniques (including sign language whenever necessary) to increase child's language development during all activities and interactions with children.
  • Play with children in a manner that will contribute to the development of their self-esteem, curiosity and thought processes, in and out of the classroom.
  • Assist teachers with record keeping.
  • Maintain knowledge of individual child goals/objectives and family needs as appropriate.
  • Maintain a high level of professional behavior including keeping confidential records.
  • Take children to bathroom and assist children with personal care activities as needed.
  • Be a role model by demonstrating at all times the behavior that is expected of the children.
  • Assist staff and children to maintain a clean classroom environment, such as clean tables and chairs at the end of the day and put chairs on top of tables in preparation for custodian.
  • Follow classroom arrangement and procedures for bus arrival and departure.
  • Follow established procedures for documenting communications between family and school.
  • Collaborate with classroom and building staff to support all ISBE and district mandates and expectations.
  • Perform all other duties that are assigned by classroom teacher and principal.


  • Must meet all requirements for the position as designated by the ISBE, Paraprofessional Certificate or 60 hours of college credit are required.
  • 2 years school-based experience preferred

  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent problem-solver
  • Should be able to work with students with a history of behavior or learning problems
  • Proven to work under pressure and can prioritize multiple tasks
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Student Contact Days

EVALUATION: To be completed as per PNS by principal with input from the classroom teacher.

START DATE: As soon as possible

NOTE: This is a position within the collective bargaining unit and is not an administrative position.


REVISED: March, 2017

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