Child Study Center

Graduate Assistants

Available Graduate Assistantship positions will be posted with the BSU Career Center when available under job #261474

Teacher at the Child Study Center assigned to engaging in developmentally appropriate activities with children. Practices, including guidance and discipline techniques, are to follow criterion set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Assignments may include working with undergraduate students from the infant and toddler development and education or child development classes, practicum students, and/or with employed student assistants.

Specific Statement of Role and Responsibilities:

  • Promote teacher-child relations by helping children adapt to the environment.
  • Be responsible for guidance and self-discipline among children
  • Build classroom community.
  • Supervise arrival/departure of children.
  • Foster classroom relationships with family members.
  • Assist with and ensure set-up/clean-up of daily routine.
  • Exhibit and maintain a child-centered safe and healthy environment in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Distribution of Work Load:

  • Complete Logs, Incident Reports, and assessments in relation to the children.
  • Complete evaluations on students
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Complete assignments as given by the lab coordinators, assistant director, and/or director
  • Work 20 hours each week
  • Participate in 20 hours of early childhood trainings per year

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (on 4.0 scale).
  • A minimum of 12 college credits [semester hours] in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development (CD), Elementary Education, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). Course content encompasses child development (physical, language, emotional, cognitive, social) and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development.
  • Experience working with children in a relevant field-based experience.

Preferred Additional Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education or equivalent. Equivalence is defined as 60 college credits with 30 college credits [semester hours] in child development—early childhood education, child development, elementary education or early childhood special education that encompasses child development and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development, including relevant field-based experience.
  • Baccalaureate degree in early childhood education, child development, elementary education or early childhood special education that encompasses child development and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development. Equivalence is defined as a Baccalaureate's degree in any discipline with a minimum of 36 college credits [semester hours] in early childhood education, child development, elementary education or early childhood special education that encompasses child development and learning of children birth through kindergarten; family and community relationships; observing, documenting, and assessing young children; teaching and learning; and professional practices and development.
  • Experience working in a child care center, nursery school, children's home, family childcare home, or related experience working in an accredited setting.
  • Understanding of developmentally appropriate practices advocated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Application Procedure:                           

     Must submit application materials in hard copy to:
Jennifer Young, Director
Child Study Center
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306 
  • Letter of application.
  • Resume.
  • Completed application form (please request from the CSC Administrative Office by emailing csc@bsu.edu after February 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year)
  • Official undergraduate transcript. (If graduate credits earned, also submit current graduate transcript.)
  • Current criminal history check from state(s) applicant has resided if other than Indiana at the age of 18 years or later. (The CSC will complete criminal history checks for Indiana residents.)
  • CPR/First Aid certification if current
  • Current negative TB test results (current is defined as not having expired from 12 months of test)
  • Current Health Exam Record (current is defined as within the past 12 months)
  • Negative drug screen results that occurred within 60 days of application (If selected, this exam must be repeated within 60 days prior to the beginning of the school year).
  • Two written letters of recommendation.

A CPR/First Aid course must also be completed prior to interaction with children and certification must remain current throughout employment. Additional training requirements will be provide on the job.

Selection Process:

  • Review of applications will begin after March 21, 2014.
  • Interviews conducted by Jennifer Young and /or Kresha Warnock.
  • Selection recommended to department chair and graduate school.
  • Positions open until filled with qualified applicants.

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Child Study Center
Ball State University
Muncie , Indiana 47306

Phone: 765-285-1987
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