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Teacher Preparation Program: University Mentors AY 23/24

Position overview

Position title: University Mentor
Salary range: Candidate Mentoring = $600.00 (per candidate)
Per Additional Site = $100.00 (if duties include more than one (1) school site)
Anticipated start: As early as August 2023 for Fall 2023, January 2024 for Spring 2024, and May 2024 for Summer 2024.
Position duration: Fall 2023 and/or Spring 2024 terms

Application Window

Open date: April 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Sep 18, 2023 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: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024 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.

Position description

The Teacher Preparation Program in UC Merced Extension Education Programs invites qualified applicants to apply for University Mentors of Teacher Candidates, for the academic year 2023/2024.

We seek applicants who have expertise in the areas of teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students and in mentoring or supervising teachers or teacher candidates. The number of positions varies each year, depending on instructional need. These are part-time, contract positions, appointed per semester. Reappointment, if any, is based solely on instructional need.

Supervisors are expected to provide high quality mentorship and supervision according to California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and program requirements, and submit reports and required documentation according to deadlines.

Specifically, the Supervisor of Teacher Education is responsible for the following:

• Attend Teacher Preparation Program mentor meetings as scheduled, usually two per semester;
• Attend a scheduled orientation and training event;
• Conduct a minimum of six (6) observations of classroom instruction per teacher candidate during public school hours, typically during morning hours;
• Complete, collect, and submit all required documents for student teaching according to program deadlines;
• Conduct weekly communication with candidates in person, by phone, video conference, and/or via e-mail;
• May contribute to placement of candidates in approved local school districts;
• Contributes to orientation with mentor teachers and principals about teacher education program requirements and maintains ongoing communication with district personnel throughout the candidate’s placement;
• Maintains current knowledge of effective supervision approaches, such as cognitive coaching, adult learning theory, and current content-specific pedagogy and instructional practices; and,
• Communicates with Education Programs Director, Teacher Preparation Program Associate Director, and Credential Analyst to address student questions and concerns.

Job Location: TK-12 School sites in Merced and within a 50 mile driving distance.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: 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.


Basic qualifications
  • A valid California Clear Credential. A terminal degree (e.g., Ed.D., Ph.D.) in related field may be used to substitute a California Clear Credential.
  • Minimum of five years teaching experience in the content area of the teacher candidate being supervised
  • Recent professional experiences in school settings where the curriculum aligns with the California’s adopted content standards and frameworks
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience observing and coaching pre-service teachers in a school setting.
  • Experience conducting one-on-advising meetings via zoom and/or in-person.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • 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

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements. This includes the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs:

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 of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, 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 is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA