Master Teacher

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Teacher (Early Childhood)
Division: Fisher Early Learning Center

The Fisher Early Learning Center is one of the most distinctive early childhood learning centers in Colorado. As a part of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, we are uniquely positioned to provide a warm and loving environment that is specifically designed to deliver cutting-edge and evidence-based programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children. We are an inclusive setting and value diversity.  

Position Summary 

The Master Teacher will direct the development and implementation of the classroom environment in the facilitation of the cognitive, social-emotional, physical, language, and communication development of the children within the program. This position will provide supervision and mentorship to teaching team members by modeling best practices in an inclusive setting based on the mission and philosophy of the Center in coordination with Center’s Leadership and Administrative Teams.  

The incumbent will direct the development of a classroom plan for curriculum, individual child planning, and family communication. It is the duty of the Master Teacher to work in collaboration with fellow teachers and administrative staff to carry out all responsibilities to the best of their ability and exercise their best judgement as they prioritize, delegate and execute tasks.  

With updates to processes at the University of Denver these positions will no longer require reapplication on a yearly basis by current employees already holding the role. Employment can be renewed yearly, but no longer requires the employee to reapply for the position unless otherwise told so.  

Essential Functions 

Curriculum and Planning 

  • Develop, implement and serve as a mentor for curriculum aligned with Fisher’s approach to early childhood education and specifically identified curricula resources. 
  • Apply content from Fisher sponsored trainings and resources available on the R Drive to support implementation of curricula. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of content and developmental areas by creating experiences that engage children in purposeful and meaningful learning related to key curriculum concepts.  
  • Inform curriculum and planning through use of the child assessment process and data.  

Documentation and Assessment 

  • Manage and implement a progress monitoring system, using a strengths-based approach including child observation and assessment. 

Health and Safety 

  • Lead the establishment and maintenance of a safe and healthy environment for all children. 

Collaboration and Teaming 

  • Cultivate and contribute to a professional and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and program as a whole. 
  • Train and mentor classroom ATs and DSS to engage in effective problem-solving, and formal and informal communication with families, colleagues and community partners.  


  • Establish and maintain strong family partnerships. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing 
  • Ability to problem solve 
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask 
  • Strong attention to detail  
  • Strong time management ability 
  • Strong ability to work on a team  
  • Ability to work with many different types of people 
  • Organized and flexible 

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree in ECE or a related field. 
  • 2-5 years of experience working with children. 
  • Willingness to work with children in an inclusive environment. 
  • Must be able to push, pull, or lift 50 lbs.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Four (4) or more years classroom experience in a NAEYC accredited early childhood group setting.  
  • Knowledge and experience working with children who have special needs. 
  • Experience working with children in an inclusive environment.  

Working Environment 

  1. Preschool classroom environment 
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high. 
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate. 

Physical Activities 

  1. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. 

Work Schedule 

Approximately 8 hours/day, Monday - Friday, between the hours of 7:45am-5:15pm. Evening and weekends as required.  

Application Deadline 

This posting will serve several positions within Fisher Early Learning Center and applications will be evaluated on a continual basis as roles become available. 

Special Instructions  

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.  

Salary Grade Number  

The salary grade for the position is 7.  

Salary Range  

The salary range for the position is $51,000-$58,000.  

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:  

  1. Resume 
  2. Cover Letter 
  3. 3 References (At least 2 professional) 

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check. 

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