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Teacher Preparation Program: University Mentors AY 24/25

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 2024 for Fall 2024, January 2025 for Spring 2025, and May 2025 for Summer 2025.
Position duration: Fall 2024 and/or Spring 2025 and/or Summer 2025 terms

Application Window

Open date: May 2, 2024

Most recent review date: Thursday, May 16, 2024 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: Saturday, May 3, 2025 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 the University Mentors of Teacher Candidates position for the academic year 2024/2025.

We seek applicants with expertise in teaching linguistically and culturally diverse students and mentoring or supervising teachers or teacher candidates. The number of positions varies each year, depending on instructional needs. 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 the 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 the 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,
• Communicate with the Education Programs Director, Teacher Preparation Program Assistant Director, and Credential Analyst to address student questions and concerns.
• Student-teacher candidates are given a course evaluation each term. This initiates the TPP administrators’ assessment of the course and program effectiveness. The TPP administration will share course evaluation feedback with the instructor and UC Mentors. Professional Development opportunities may be suggested and/or required for continuous program improvement. 
• As part of the University’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment, each instructor and UC Mentor will be assigned a training course required of staff at all UC locations. This course meets the requirements of 2 CCR 11024, California Government Code 12950.1, AB 1825/2053, 34 CFR 668.46 Violence Against Women Act, and UC Policies on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment, Abusive Conduct, and Anti-Discrimination. It will take a minimum of 1 hour to complete.

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


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

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 is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. 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 (

The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

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:

Job location

Merced, CA