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Cooperating Teacher: Teacher Preparation Program

Recruitment Period

Open August 7th, 2018 through June 30th, 2019


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

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.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced has recently opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

UC Merced Extension was established in July, 2015 and seeks to engage the Central Valley community in transformative scholarship and creativity while fostering a culture of inquiry and discovery learning by offering access to quality 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.

We began by offering professional development opportunities for in-service teachers and building collaborations with formal and non-formal educators throughout the San Joaquin Valley. We now offer a Teacher Preparation Program. The multiple subject teaching credential track begins Fall of 2018 and the single subject teaching credential track begins Spring of 2019. We also offer a series of four courses to prepare individuals to apply for their Child Development Permit, enabling them to work (alone, if needed) with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and TK-6 children in after-school educational settings. Holders are authorized to provide supervision for child care assistants and aides.

UC Merced Extension anticipates hiring Cooperating Teachers to host Teacher Candidates in their fieldwork placements. Cooperating Teachers are selected for their ability, commitment and dedication to communicate effectively; model effective instruction; collaborate with colleagues at the school, district, community and university level; and design and deliver curriculum using the state-adopted academic content standards.

Basic Qualifications:
• A minimum of five years' experience teaching K-12
• Experience teaching in the appropriate content area
• TK-12 California clear credential and English Learner authorization or CLAD
• Knowledgeable in the California content standards (CCSS and NGSS)
• Knowledgeable in the Teaching Performance Expectations
• Knowledgeable in current educational theory and practice
• Knowledgeable in support strategies for English learners and students with learning needs

Preferred Qualifications:
• 8+ years of experience in teaching, leadership or other clinical practice in K-12 settings
• Pedagogical expertise, strong content knowledge, and positive communication skills
• Experience with adult learners preferred
• Appreciation and understanding of the cultural and linguistic diversity of students and the San Joaquin Valley community
• Able to serve as a resource to candidates in developing a philosophy of education that promotes development of equitable and inclusive learning environments

Cooperating Teachers welcome the Teacher Candidate into their classroom, allowing them to take on incrementally more responsibilities as the term progresses. This may include 4 week of Solo or Co-Teaching if the Teacher Candidate is in their final Clinical Placement.

This is a by agreement contract position. Compensation: $300 per mentee (Teacher Candidate) supervised.

University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Applications must be submitted via this website.

Review of applications will begin 5/30/2018 and will remain open until all positions have been filled.

Academic Year: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Fall Semester: August 15, 2018 – December 14, 2018
Spring Semester: January 15, 2019 – May 17, 2019

Job location

Merced, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Teaching Evaluations - If available

Reference requirements
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