Teacher, Early Childhood Education for Secondary Students

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $56,313
Maximum: $90,905




United States


Pay Plan: ET ‐ 15 (10 Month) Grade: ET

Step/Salary: 1‐10 / $56,313 ‐ $90,905

Location: Washington, DC

The following schools are seeking to fill this vacancy:

Our public school students need your expertise, passion and leadership.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees.

DCPS serves 48,600 students in the nation's capital through the efforts of approximately 4,000 educators in 116 schools. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest‐performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.

Position Overview

At DCPS, teachers are charged with ensuring the academic achievement of all our students regardless of background or circumstance. We are committed to our mission of providing all students with a world‐class education that prepares them for college, career, and life – and we know that building the most effective teaching force in the nation is critical to achieving this goal. This position is a safety‐sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is one of 21 Career and Technical Education pathways in DCPS, which serves high school students grades 9-12. During the program of study, high school students learn about key principles of child development and learning for children ages 0-5. The program curriculum provides instruction in creating a safe and healthy learning environment for young children, advancing their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development, observing and assessing their behavior and progress, and building productive relationships with families.

The ECE program prepares high school students (grades 9-12) for careers in early childhood education. All courses are aligned with the DCPS Early Childhood Education Division Head Start School Wide Model, the OSSE First Step Program, and the national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential endorsed by the Council for Professional Recognition. Students will have the opportunity to intern in 0-3 centers and DCPS Pre-K classrooms to earn their CDA. The complete pathway equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in the ECE industry and their postsecondary path be it college, career, or both. Prior experience as an early childhood (0-5 years) educator or a CDA instructor is required.

The Teacher will report to the Principal.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

• Prepares students to obtain their CDA credential by supporting them in creating a CDA portfolio and preparing them to take the CDA exam.

• Provides a minimum of 120 hours of child development education within the high school classroom setting.

• Actively monitor and support high school students throughout their 480 internship hours.

• Provides students with professionalism and career guidance.

• Highlights the pathways to working in the industry and daily responsibilities in the industry.

• Establishes and maintains positive contact with multiple Early Childhood Education institutions.

• Arranges industry exposure opportunities for students such as field trips, guest presentations, job shadow experiences, internships, etc.

• Coordinates with the DCPS central office team to order equipment, maintain accurate inventory, and align curriculum to the appropriate standards and report progress and outcome data.

• Sets and reinforces clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school’s overall vision.

• Develops and implements curricula and activities to meet academic standards.

• Thoughtfully plans daily lessons and implements specific strategies to meet the needs of all students, providing extra support, enrichment, or variation of work when necessary.

• Demonstrates strong content knowledge.

• Designs and implements assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and diagnoses areas of student misunderstanding.

• Uses assessment data to refine curriculum and informs instructional practices.

• Be accountable for students’ academic growth and increase each individual student’s achievement. Creates a positive, achievement‐oriented learning environment.

• Reflects on successes and areas of growth as a teacher, seeks to improve performance, and responds to feedback. Participates in collaborative curriculum development, grade‐level activities, and school‐wide functions.

• Invests parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication.


• Child Development Associate (CDA) credential required. Preference given to candidates who have previously taught a CDA course.

• Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development, or related field.

• Master’s degree preferred.

• Ten years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field preferred, with strongest preference given to those who have previously taught at the high school level.

• Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching License.

• Meets Highly Qualified status as defined by the NCLB mandates.

• Strong instructional skills and classroom management.

• Unrelenting commitment to students, self, and school’s constant learning and development.

• Ability to self‐reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback.

Personal Qualities of Top Candidates

Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.

Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.

Focus on Data‐Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.

Innovative Problem‐Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.

Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non‐routine situations.

Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.

Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.

Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high‐quality and courteous manner.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply



Please send your resume and contact information to CCP@dc.gov with the subject line, “ECE Teacher”.