Student Employment & Observation

We collaborate with many departments across campus and act as a Lab school for the purpose of child observation, student practicums, whole class engagement, and research. We have different levels of interaction which require specific protocols. We gladly offer observation for Towson University students during the academic calender. 

Student Observation

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 these steps:

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 consistency.

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 observer badge.

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,  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 begins. 

Student Employment

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 paperwork.

There is a mandatory staff training session which must be completed prior to your active engagement at the University Child Care Center. Training is led by Student Staff Trainer Jenna Chwirut. Contact Jenna via email to ensure that your training is complete prior to your first shift.

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