Jobs at USC – Head Teacher

University of Southern California

Job Title

Head Teacher

Reports To

Child Care Program Specialist/Supervisor


University Relations/School for Early Childhood Education

Job Location:

Los Angeles

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USC’s School for Early Childhood Education is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education services to children and their families in the South Los Angeles area. Founded in 1970 as a teaching school for future early-childhood professionals, the USC School for Early Childhood Education (USC SECE) seeks to promote school readiness, health/nutrition, mental wellness, and family engagement. Today, our licensed Head Start and Early Head Start centers serve more than 500 infants and pre-school children and their parents each year. We are seeking enthusiastic, creative, dynamic, and team-oriented individuals who enjoy working with children while fostering a supportive learning environment.

Job Overview:

The Head Teacher is responsible for initiating, planning, and implementing education program within the classroom in accordance with the policies procedures and philosophy of Head Start Federal and State regulations.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide relationship-based care in daily routines such as mealtime, toileting, hand washing, and napping for infants or toddlers; and/or preschool age children.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Collaborate with team on developing and implementing daily lesson plans.
  • Conduct assessments, develop individual development plans and record ongoing observations of children in assigned groups.
  • Prepare and conduct parent-teacher conferences and home visits for each child in the assigned classroom environment/setting according to schedule of requirements.
  • Conduct home visits for each child in the assigned classroom according to schedule of requirements.
  • Utilize classroom materials and routines to promote an environment conductive to appropriate levels of development, interests, and specific needs of the children.
  • Maintain effective and professional relationships with enrolled families.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, Title 5, and Title 22 Regulations.
  • Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled by Site Supervisor and Administration.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by Site Supervisor, Associate Director, Assistant Director and Administration.


  • Ability to create and implement daily curriculum plans.
  • Ability to work well harmoniously in a multi-cultural team.
  • Ability to promote a feeling of security and trust in infants and toddlers, and preschool age children by being warm, supportive, and comforting.
  • A caring, compassionate approach to working with children and families as well as maintaining an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child’s family.
  • Awareness of safe lifting techniques for lifting children, supplies and furnishings and commitment to using preventive health measures in the classroom to prevent the spread of disease.

Educational Requirements

  • Teacher Permit or permit eligible (24 ECE units, including 9 units Core Courses (Child Growth and Development, Child, Family and Community, and Curriculum)
  • AA Degree in Child Development or related field preferred, or higher; BA preferred
  • 6 units in Infant/Toddler Care (or 6 units in progress) preferred for Early Head Start
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Certification; or obtain within the first year

Physical Requirements

Must be able climb stairs, reach, bend, lift 20-30 pounds, crawl, kneel, stoop, twist, grasp with hands and fingers materials, use arms and legs, able to walk, climb ladders if applicable.

Pre-Employment Requirements

  • Physical exam
  • TB test
  • Background/fingerprint clearance
  • MMR and Tdap vaccinations,
  • CPR
  • Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
  • Must provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19

The hourly rate range for this position is $21.24 – $22.23. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Early childhood education and experience. Must meet Child Development Permit Matrix qualifications and requirements for position.

Job Details:

Company: University of Southern California

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Los Angeles, CA

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