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Course Instructor: Child Development and Care

Recruitment Period

Open August 8th, 2019 through Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, 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 (
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 ( are housed in UC Merced Extension and provide undergraduate and graduate coursework in the field of Education. We now offer four undergraduate child development courses fully approved for transfer credit at California community colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. The courses prepare individuals to work (alone, if needed) with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and TK-8 children in after-school educational settings.
UC Merced Extension anticipates hiring part-time instructor positions to teach the following subjects in AY 2019-2020:
Early Child Development for Practitioners
Child Development in Family, School, and Community
Introduction to Curriculum (Birth through Primary)
Teaching and Learning (Birth through Primary)
Hybrid course delivery includes two (2) hours per week of in-class instruction, for eight (8) weeks, supplemented with online materials and assignments. In addition to teaching the course(s), the instructor will evaluate student work and exams, calculate and post grades, and hold regular office hours each week. It may be possible for instructors to teach online early child development courses from locations beyond Merced County.
Basic Qualifications:
• 5+ years teaching experience (TK-12 and/or college level)
• Relevant experience in the course content area
• Graduate degree in child development, human development, family studies, psychology, education, or related field
• Facility with learning management systems (i.e., Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas) and best online learning practices
• Strong pedagogical expertise, content knowledge, and positive communication skills
• Appreciation for the cultural diversity of students from the San Joaquin Valley
Preferred Qualifications:
• Basic proficiency in Spanish
• Early childhood teaching permit conferred by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or equivalent
• Terminal degree in child development, human development, family studies, psychology, education, or related field
This is a by agreement contract position. Compensation: $150.00 per enrollment, commensurate with experience and workload. 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. The University is supportive of dual career couples. Applications must be submitted via this website.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until all positions have been filled.
Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of teaching that includes a list of courses previously taught, noting class size and indicating whether the applicant served as primary or secondary instructor and 4) a list of three references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Applicants should also submit teaching evaluations if available.

Academic Year: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Fall semester: August 26-October 15, 2019 and October 21-December 10, 2019
Spring semester: January 22-March 11, 2020 and March 18-May 6, 2020

Job location

Merced, CA

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)