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“To me, what I enjoy most about being an assistant teacher at the ELC is that it’s a great opportunity to continue learning! I love the community and the plentiful opportunities to grow and share the work we do with others.” -Michelle, current assistant teacher at the ELC 

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Early Learning Center community, you are in the right place! Full-time job openings will be posted here as they become available. Simply click on the link provided to be taken to the UT Recruitment page where you will apply. Currently enrolled UT students interested in employment should click here for more information about part-time student educator positions.

Date Job Title Description Application Link
11-9-22 Program Support Specialist

Program Support Specialist

Infant / Toddler / Preschool

The Early Learning Center for Research & Practice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The primary purpose of this position is to facilitate the mission of the Early Learning Center (ELC)—to foster scientific understanding of young children’s development. The ELC accomplishes this mission through (a) interdisciplinary research, (b) academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, (c) early education programs for young children, and (d) outreach, advocacy, and public policy. The Program Support Specialist primarily exists to support classrooms and the food program in the absence of a regular staff member. This position may support various projects around the ELC. This position requires excellent flexibility and reliability. More information about the ELC is available at



 Duties: Supports classrooms in the absence of a regular staff member. Implements the daily schedule, works effectively with other teachers and students in the classroom, responds to children’s needs, communicates to parents, gives direction to pre-service students, etc.

Supports the food program in the absence of a regular staff member. Follows guidelines for the safe preparation and distribution of food, etc.

Supports the program with cleaning, organizing, restocking, and classroom-based assistance duties as requested by program administrators. Supports other projects as assigned.

Qualifications: High School Diploma required, Experience caring for young children required.

Skills in communication, organization and care of the physical environment, routine care tasks of young children, guidance techniques with young children, interpersonal skills, management, and professionalism required.

A successful candidate is one who brings their unique background to working with diverse children, young adults, and families.