Infant/toddler Master Teacher - Project

County of Contra Costa, California Martinez, CA
The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Family and Children's Services Unit

The Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau has immediate openings for qualified classroom staff to fill vacancies in full-day child education centers serving approximately 2500 low-income children and their families. Incumbents may be required to travel to child education centers countywide in the performance of assigned job duties.

Under the supervision of a Site Supervisor, the Infant/Toddler Master Teacher functions as a specialist level teacher in overseeing the integration and coordination of education, curriculum, child assessment, staff development and parent involvement activities at child education centers serving children 0-3 years of age.

Typical Tasks

* Plans, facilitates and oversees classroom activities according to developmentally appropriate practice and following the instructional approach utilized by the department

* Conducts daily classroom activities

* Prepares appropriate lesson plans with required individualization

* Conducts screenings and assessments of children within mandated time frames, and uses the results to individualize educational delivery

* Coordinates curriculum, instructional approach and staff development activities

* Explains the program curriculum and instructional approach to staff, parents, the community, and Federal, State and local government agencies

* Directs, trains, mentors, and evaluates paid and volunteer staff assigned to child education centers, including teachers and associate teachers

* Plans and conducts meetings with staff and parents, including the required number of home visits per year

* Travels to child education centers county-wide to assist in the development of the curriculum plan and classroom set-up that is conducive to the instructional approach

* Maintains program records and prepares reports in a clear and concise manner, meeting all requirements and timelines

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. Out of state valid motor vehicle operator's license will be accepted during the applicant process.

Permit Required: Possession of a valid Master Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or Contra Costa County Master Teacher Temporary County Certificate.

Education: Possession of an Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) from an accredited college or university with six (6) specialization units in Infant/Toddler care or six (6) specialization units in ECE and additional six (6) Infant/Toddler care units, if the specialization units are not specific to Infant/Toddler care and development; two (2) adult supervision units;


Possession of an Associate of Arts degree from an accredited college or university with twenty-four (24) Early Childhood Education/Child Developments (ECE/CD) units including the core courses of Child Development, Child, Family and Community and Programs and Curriculum; sixteen (16) general education units which included one course from each of the following: humanities and/or fine arts, social sciences, math and/or science, and English and/or language arts; six (6) specialization units in ECE and six (6) in Infant/Toddler care; two ( 2) adult supervision units Six (6) ECE Infant/Toddler units are required if the six (6) specialization units are not related to work with infants and toddlers;


Possession of a Baccalaureate of Arts degree or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development (CD), or a closely related field


Baccalaureate degree in any subject and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-age children. Course work must have included completion of twelve (12) ECE units, three (3) units of supervised field experience in ECE setting and six (6) ECE infant/toddler units.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time experience or its equivalent as an infant/toddler teacher, one (1) year of which must have included supervising the activities of other staff assisting in the classroom.

Special Requirements: Ability to meet standards as may be required by the Federal Head Start Performance Standards, California Department of Education Title V, and California Department of Social Services Title XXII regulations dealing with pre-school and child development programs.

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must submit official or unofficial transcripts and verification of their Child Development Master Teacher Permit with the application. Transcripts obtained from college websites will not be accepted. Applicants who completed their education outside of the United States must submit verification of degree/equivalency with their application. Include your name on all application documents.

If you are unable to attach your permit and/or transcripts to your online application you may email to within seven (7) days. Failure to do so will result in your automatic rejection.

For full information regarding the requirements of all Child Development Permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as well as instructions on how to apply, please see the Child Development Permit Leaflet.

You may obtain additional information and assistance by contacting:

Certification Officer

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

1812 9th Street

Sacramento, CA 95814-7000


Web Site:

Selection Process

1. Application Filing: Applicants, including County Employees, are to apply on-line at Contra Costa County Department of Human Resources and submit the required information at time of application. All applicants must clearly demonstrate that they meet the minimum requirements provided on the job announcement. Resumes may not be substituted for the official County application. Paper, faxed or late applications WILL NOT be accepted. To view the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position, please visit to see the detailed job description.

2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.

3. Examination: The examination will consist of an evaluation of each candidate's relevant education, training and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. Candidates must receive a rating of at least 70% from a majority of the Board members to be ranked on the employment list. (Weighted 100%)

Conviction History Form, Fingerprinting and Physical Exam: As part of the application and selection process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History Form, submit to fingerprinting and a physical examination. Please note that the Conviction History Form should only be submitted when requested.

The Human Resources Department may make changes to the examination steps noted above in accordance with Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.



It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.