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Infant/toddler Master Teacher

County of Contra Costa
Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Office, 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, United States


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. Make sure to 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 scanned copies to within seven (7) days of applying. 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

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

Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the Community Services Bureau directly at 925-608-5020.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

 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 identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.