SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR
JOB POSTING #897

Starting Salary: Dependent Upon Qualifications
Closing Date: Until Filled

How to Apply

This position is responsible for stewarding the academic and clinical components of the Department of Teacher Education’s Special Education credential programs (mild/moderate and moderate/severe) and is a critical member of the leadership team that provides support to all the Department’s Preliminary Credential candidates (general education and special education). This coordinator is centrally involved in state and/or association accreditation, program alignment, and record maintenance; teacher candidate advisement and crisis management; faculty and Master Teacher selection and support, and participating in and reporting on meetings related to the preparation of new teachers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Develops and oversees the academic and clinical components of all Special Education credential programs, including mild/moderate and moderate/severe) credentials.
    1. Makes sure all classes and clinical experiences are aligned to accreditation requirements and standards (CCTC, NCATE, etc.) as well as to Department’s vision, thus presenting a unified coherent program leading to candidate success, both as a K-12 teacher/practitioner and as an academic scholar/university student.
    2. Ensures curriculum and activities are research-based, theoretically sound, and timely.
    3. Ensures that classes and practicum showcase and model the use of strategies known to foster student success.
    4. Selects, schedules, evaluates and supports presenters for core classes.
  2. Collaboratively work with the General Education Coordinator to oversee the Preliminary Credential Program, its personnel and students. (i.e., do all of the above in coordination with the General Education Coordinator to ensure the success of the Preliminary Teaching Credential Program.)
  3. Assists in the selection, training, evaluation and support of Department faculty, including, but not limited to: Faculty Advisors, Instructors (Adjunct Faculty), and Master Teachers.
  4. Collaboratively works with the General Education Coordinator to oversee the Preliminary Credential Program, its personnel and students.
  5. Participates in accreditation, alignment, and record maintenance.
    1. Provides assistance with writing accreditation documents.
    2. Develops and oversees the maintenance of appropriate paper-based and electronic program files and candidate records that provide evidence of candidate preparation/success and program compliance per credentialing/accreditation requirements and standards. Record keeping includes, but is not limited to, ensuring each course has a syllabus, course rubric, and course evaluation and that course objectives, activities, assignments, and rubrics and evaluations are aligned to each other and to the TPEs and, when applicable, also to the SPED Program Standards.
    3. Assists in the tracking of candidates as they progress through the program, either with their cohort or on an individualized plan.
  6. Provides leadership with regard to advisement of Department candidates. Works with program staff to assist in the general stewardship of candidates in terms of their academic coursework at CGU, the clinical experiences at their school sites, and their entrée into the profession. Proactively works to intervene so that crisis situations are mitigated. When issues/problems/crises arise related to CGU courses and/or clinical experiences and their faculty, handles crisis management related to candidates.
  7. Participates in and reports on meetings related to the preparation of teachers, including, but not limited to, BTSA/IHE Collaborative meetings.
  8. Assumes other duties as assigned by Department Leadership.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
Individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  1. Evidence of deep theoretical knowledge in a practical setting;
  2. Knowledge of and commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity in education;
  3. In order to design curriculum aligned to our mission and to accreditation standards and requirements and in order to advance Department’s vision, has expertise in some area(s) in teacher education, including, but not limited to: cultural, class and linguistic diversity; literacy; school-community-family relations; specific subject matters; standards and assessment; language acquisition; bilingual education; and technology; and
  4. Commitment to the values expressed in the vision of the program including the excellent education of culturally diverse, economically impoverished, and/or otherwise marginalized/disenfranchised youth in California.

QUALIFICATIONS:
PhD in Education or currently pursing doctorate in education. Teaching experience, preferably a minimum of 5 years (in either Secondary or Elementary, depending upon needs of program); administrative and supervisory experience; management experience in an educational setting; leadership experience in teacher preparation; experience with credentialing and accreditation bodies. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and meet CGU’s authorized drivers requirements.

LICENSES / CERTIFICATES:
California Teaching Credential.

  • This is an 85% position with the hours being Monday – Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. There are weekend duties and occasional overnight travel.