Classrooms are supported by master, lead, and assistant teachers along with The Ohio State University student interns and volunteers.
The master teacher is the instructional lead for a classroom and is responsible for ensuring the quality of the instruction provided. Master teachers manage the dynamics among educators and children in the classroom. They use data to inform instruction and to address any needs or concerns for individual students. Master teachers have a sound understanding of child development and pedagogy, and they work as part of an effective team to provide high-quality instruction based on objective observational assessments. A bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field is required.
The lead teacher’s primary role is to ensure the education provided to children is of the highest quality. She or he will interact regularly with children, implement the classroom curriculum, conduct ongoing formative and summative assessments, and interact with caregivers. The lead teacher also provides leadership and mentoring to assistant teachers, classroom paraprofessionals, and students. An associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is required.
Assistant teachers provide high-quality instruction and actively engage children. They also may assist teachers in implementing assessments with children, planning activities, supervising university students, and completing paperwork. Assistant teachers must have a CDA, associate’s degree, or some college coursework in child development or a related field, or have experience providing high-quality education to young children.