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Substitute Teacher

Posted: 09/21/2023


The Substitute teacher provides care for children assigned to her under the general direction of the Teachers and the Head of School


  • Responsible for the care, safety, and well-being of the children assigned to the preschool group
  • Assist with the development of lesson plans and daily schedule for preschool groups
  • Set up and maintain the physical environment to meet the needs of preschool-age children
  • Demonstrate verbally and by role modeling, a sound knowledge of good teaching practices and of child growth and development
  • Participate in staff meeting discussions and ongoing training for State Licensing and Step Up to Quality regarding program, children, and families
  • Provide appropriate, accurate information to families regarding their children as well as general child development information
  • Demonstrate an understanding of preschool-age growth and development and general knowledge of nutrition, health, and first aid
  • Demonstrate ability to work with children warmly, calmly, and in an unhurried way while maintaining a safe, clean, and pleasant environment
  • Demonstrate ability to meet the social, emotional, physical, and developmental needs of individual children
  • Contribute to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the Lab School; helping others accomplish related job results as and where needed


Primary Contacts:

Laboratory School Head of School, Laboratory School staff, Children and families, University Employees, School of Education program faculty and students, and faculty and students of other disciplines using the Lab School.

Supervision Exercised:

May exercise some oversight over work-study students, service learning students, campus and community volunteers, and student teachers

Supervision Received:

Works under general supervision where standard practice enables the employee to proceed independently on routine work referring questionable cases to the Teachers and/or the Head of School.



CDA; Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development (or equivalent) preferred.


Experience in a preschool or daycare environment preferred. Knowledge of Step Up to Quality and State Licensing rules preferred

Specialized Training:

Current certification in Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, First Aid, Prevention and Management of Communicable Diseases, and CPR.

Must never have been convicted or pleaded guilty to child abuse or other crimes of violence as listed in section 5104.9 of the Revised Code; must be mentally and physically fit for employment in a facility caring for young children; must pass an examination by a licensed physician not more than 30 days before employment; must be free of apparent communicable disease, including tuberculosis; must have been immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria. Employment subject to verification of a clean record as indicated through a fingerprint web check


Customer Service:

  • Exhibit a “child/family/customer first” orientation in providing exceptional service in all responsibilities and interactions demonstrating versatility in handling people and situations
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and child/family needs and expectations; anticipate and identify child/family’s needs


  • Collaborate well with others and help make the Center staff a cohesive group
  • Communicate, cooperate and collaborate with others to achieve common Center, Division, and University goals
  • Willingly assist in various responsibilities and assignments as appropriate within the Center as required during high service demand times or upon shifts in Center enrollment


  • Develop and nurture an effective, productive, and respectful rapport and working relationship with students, faculty and staff co-workers, and various campus and community constituencies maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, and creativity
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely and listen well to others


  • Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing work to detect errors, oversights, or omissions


  • Take immediate and independent action when necessary assuming initiative for creative problem solving
  • Demonstrate creativity and high energy
  • Accomplish tasks with follow-through to completion


  • Must possess an aptitude for technological development and its implications for appropriate automation of the preschool classroom

Work Environment, Physical Demands:

  • Academic year position; multiple concurrent tasks with constant interruptions; customer contact; strict confidentiality; detailed work; must be mentally and physically fit for employment in a facility caring for young children including lifting, stooping, bending and ability to move quickly and respond appropriately to needs of children; maintain visual contact with a broad area.
  • As enrollment patterns change, the University reserves the right to assign staff to rooms, groups, and/or hours as needed. All staff assignments are subject to change to meet actual enrollment patterns in the Center.


To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references via Paycom.

A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please click here to review the University's Non-Discrimination Policy.

Mount St. Joseph University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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