We actively support the growth of students both young and old. Student observation
appointments can be scheduled Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:00p.m. These are non-interactive
observations meaning, the student observer is challenged with the task of documenting
the classroom community, learning which is occurring, and experience the unique climate
that is early childhood. We carefully create our physical spaces as the third teacher
is fundamental to our center philosophy. Student observers may not take photographs
during their observations of either the classrooms, nature play space, children's
artifacts, or children.
If you are a student who needs to complete observations as part of a class requirement, please follow
1. Talk to your professor and ensure that they have submitted their syllabus and class
roster to the University Child Care Center at the beginning of the semester. Your
professor must have submitted this information prior to you making observation appointments
through our online system, TutorTrac. If this information has been submitted then you will be able to choose observation
hours in the TutorTrac program.
2. Before signing up for dates and times, you are required to read through and sign
the Observer Agreement (PDF). We have a set of expectations for students who enter our center to observe. Please
be sure to complete all fields at the bottom, print the completed document and bring
it with you to your first observing session.
3. Sign up for dates and times through TutorTrac which work with your schedule and needs. Please note: You may only sign up for 1-hour
increments at a time. However, you may schedule two 1-hour sessions back-to-back.
For example, if you would like to observe from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., simply enroll
for 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and then 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. blocks individually.
4. Please understand that we have two observer slots in a classroom per hour. We have
six classrooms at the center. They are listed in TutorTrac by classroom colors. We suggest that if you need to write a specific case study that
you ensure that you only sign up for appointments in one particular classroom for
5. We are available for observations almost all of the semester. We recommend that
you are proactive and make appointments early in the semester, as appointments are
more difficult to get as the semester ends. We don't want you to be frustrated!
a. Log in to TutorTrac.
b. Select Search Availability
c. Select Center > University Child Care
d. Choose your course
e. Change the date range or time(s) as needed.
6. Once you have made your appointment choice, TutorTrac will send you a confirmation
email to your Towson University email account.
7. You must bring your Towson University OneCard every time you come to observe. No
Towson OneCard, no observation. Please bring a copy of the signed and dated Observer Agreement (PDF) on your first scheduled appointment.
8. Arrive at the center fifteen minutes before you observation time. You will be asked
to sign in at the front desk, present your One Card, receive your observer log, and
Should you need to complete an assessment of a child, or any assignment which requires
interaction with a child, you must first email the front desk, kcrispo AT_TOWSON to arrange for a specific visit. These must be conducted with a Master Teacher present
and are typically done first thing in the morning, before the main instruction time
We actively support and provide opportunities each semester and the summer time for
student employment. We are always looking for student staff who love young children,
have experience with children ages 2-5 years old, and in particular, have their 90
hour certification from Maryland State Department of Education. Each classroom is
composed of one Master Lead Teacher and several student staff assistants. If you are
interested in applying for employment at our center, please stop by the University
Child Care Center's front desk to complete an employment application. Ensure that
you also attach a copy of your high school diploma, driver's license, unofficial transcript
and Towson class schedule. Once complete, the application can be mailed, hand-delivered,
faxed to 410-704-3771 or emailed to Director Sarah Fike.
Our Maryland State Department of Education licensing requires a variety of employment
forms to be completed prior to a student staff's first day. You will be required to
have a physical, successfully complete a background check and complete all necessary
paperwork at the University Payroll Office and the Human Resources office. If you
are hired, our Student Staff Trainer will provide you with assist you with the remaining
There is a mandatory staff training session which must be completed prior to your
active engagement at the University Child Care Center. Please verify your training
is complete prior to your first shift at the Center.