Teacher Preparation Program Assistant Director, Clinical Practice and CalTPAs

$80,000 - $95,000 yearly
  • University of California, Merced
  • Merced, CA, USA
  • Jul 12, 2022
Full time Other Professional fields

Job Description


Teacher Preparation Program Assistant Director, Clinical Practice and CalTPAs

University of California Merced

Job #JPF01372
University Extension / University Extension / UC Merced


Position title: Teacher Preparation Program Assistant Director, Clinical Practice and CalTPAs
Salary range: $80,000 - $95,000
Percent time: 100% time
Anticipated start: July
Position duration: 2-year renewable contract


Open date: June 22nd, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jul 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jul 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


About UC Merced & Extension Education Programs

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

UC Merced Extension was established in July 2015 and engages the community in transformative scholarship and creativity while fostering a culture of inquiry and discovery learning by offering superlative academic, professional, and personal enrichment opportunities to meet the needs of continuing students, professionals, and modern learners. Education Programs, housed in UC Merced Extension, provides undergraduate and graduate coursework in the field of Education. Education Programs curriculum and certificates are reviewed and approved by UC Merced Academic Senate.

We began by offering professional development opportunities for in-service teachers and building collaborations with educators throughout the San Joaquin Valley. We now offer a fully accredited Teacher Preparation Program (California multiple and single-subject preliminary credential) offered in-person, hybrid, and fully online to aspiring teachers across the state of California.

What You Will Do

As the Assistant Director of Clinical Practice and CalTPA, directly reporting to the Director of Education Programs, will develop partnerships with local schools and collaborate with educational leaders throughout Merced County and the Central Valley. The Assistant Director will support expansion of the Teacher Preparation Program the meet the evolving needs of TK-12 educators. As Assistant Director you will lead the day-to-day operations as the coordinator of clinical practice placements, CalTPAs, and candidate academic intervention. The Assistant Director may facilitate learning as an instructor of clinical practicum coursework based on qualifications, including EDUC X303 Clinical Practice I (Initial Student Teaching) and EDUC X305 Clinical Practice (Solo or Co-Teaching). In addition, the Assistant Director will support outreach and recruitment of new teacher candidates, mentors, instructors, and cooperating teachers. The Assistant Director will also support the Teacher Preparation Program's continuous improvement and academic planning. The Assistant Director will be primarily responsible for the following components of the Teacher Preparation Program under Direction of the Director of Education Programs:

Coordinating Clinical Practice: Clinical Practice I, and III are aligned with the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). The Assistant Director will monitor teacher candidates, manage supervisors (i.e., university mentors, cooperating teachers), and collaborate with district partners for oversight of clinical teaching practicum. Provide documented evidence that cooperating teachers receive 10 hours of initial training, particularly around program expectations. The incumbent would be responsible for integrating program distinctives into a clinical practicum policy manual.

CalTPAs: In addition, the Assistant Director of Clinical Practice and CalTPA will lead all candidate support services, facilitation, and assessment of the CalTPA for the Teacher Preparation Program; including instructor orientation, candidate training, and candidate portfolio submission by deadline. The clinical practice coordinator would ensure the program is compliant with California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requirements for clinical practicum and CalTPA.

Academic Intervention: The Assistant Director of Clinical Practice and CalTPA will directly support the Director of Education Programs in the management of the Teacher Preparation Program's academic intervention of all enrolled teacher candidates, including teacher candidate difficulties related to academic integrity and normal progress. A part of academic intervention, the Assistant Director will provide documented evidence of teacher candidate academic intervention per policy. The Assistant Director will train and manage instructors early alert of candidate intervention needed.

This position is a full-time, 2-year renewable contract with an option for hybrid/remote work of minimum 3 days in office, 2 days remote after successful completion of probationary period.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Basic Qualifications (required):

A minimum of eight years' experience teaching in public education (TK-12)
 Teaching experience in the appropriate content area
 Master's degree in related field
 TK-12 California clear credential and English Learner authorization or CLAD
 Knowledgeable in TK-12 human resources (policy and practice)
 Knowledgeable in the California content standards, including Common Core, NGSS
 Knowledgeable in the California Teaching Performance Expectations
 Knowledgeable in current educational theory and culturally responsive instructional practice
 Knowledgeable in support strategies for English learners and students with learning needs and demonstrates these effective strategies within their own classroom
 Knowledgeable in strategies and techniques for program assessment and evaluation
 Demonstrated commitment to mentoring teacher candidates
 Demonstrated experience with teaching performance assessments; willingness to train with CalTPA

Preferred Qualifications:

12+ years of experience in teaching, leadership, or other clinical practice in TK-12 settings
 TK-12 California administrative services credential
 Administrative experience at principal level or higher
 Pedagogical expertise, strong content knowledge, and positive communication skills
 Appreciation and understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of students and the San Joaquin Valley

Application Details


Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. 
 Cover Letter
 Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC's Commitment to Diversity 
 Statement of Teaching (Optional)
 Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
3-5 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF01372
Help contact: mpierick@ucmerced.edu

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction).

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (https://www.ucmerced.edu/fast-facts), UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (https://merced2020.ucmerced.edu/).
UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (https://smokefree.ucmerced.edu/).

Merced, CA - may include hybrid remote work option

To apply, please visit: https://aprecruit.ucmerced.edu/JPF01372


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