Department: School of Education
Reports to: Dean in the School of Education
Start date: Each semester
The Division of Special Education at Fresno Pacific University offers preliminary education specialist credentials in Mild-Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and Early Childhood Special Education. The division also offers the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization and Master’s degree in Special Education. The program completers and graduates are well prepared and highly desired in the educational community in California’s Central Valley and beyond.
Mentors must have extensive, articulable experience in a range of classrooms and demonstrate a willingness to serve in a variety of educational settings as a mentor. Mentors must have demonstrated success serving in a special education setting which matches the credential held. Must be able to provide quantifiable and insightful feedback to candidates in a timely manner to support the candidate’s development as a teacher. Must be able to exhibit sensitivity to a wide variety of teaching experiences.
Candidates range from seasoned teachers who are supplementing general education credentials to beginning teachers who have not maintained a classroom of their own for a year. Demonstrates ethical standards, teaching and evidence-based educational practices in relation to theories, research and regulations Understands and accepts differences in culture, cultural heritage, ethnicity, language, age, religion, social economic status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation and abilities and disabilities of individuals served Are knowledgeable of and able to apply pedagogical theories, development of academic language and principles/practices for English language learners Demonstrates knowledge and skills needed to assess students from diverse backgrounds and varying language, communication and cognitive abilities Demonstrates knowledge and skills in both formal and informal assessments to evaluate students' needs and strengths Demonstrates knowledge of the purposes, goals and content of the adopted instructional program for the effective teaching and support of English learners Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of typical and atypical human development from the prenatal stage through adulthood, including knowledge of developmental stages and their implications for learning Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of atypical development associated with various disabilities and risk conditions, resilience and protective factors and their implications for learning Demonstrates knowledge and the ability to implement systems that assess, plan and provide academic and social skill instruction to support positive behavior in all students Demonstrates the ability to develop, implement, adapt, modify and evaluate a variety of pedagogical approaches to instruction, including instructional sequences, unit and lesson plans Demonstrates understanding and application of strategies and best practices to develop differentiated lessons and instructional sequences that are appropriate for individuals with diverse strengths and needs in a variety of educational environments Demonstrates the ability to co-teach, collaborate, consult and work in instructional teams to enhance curriculum and instruction of students with disabilities Demonstrates the knowledge of how decisions and common behaviors of children and adolescents can enhance or compromise their health and safety Demonstrates professionalism in attitude and behaviors Demonstrates effective coaching techniques Demonstrates the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and/or assistance Ability and desire to provide outstanding coaching Ability to work effectively under time constraints Must demonstrate an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information
Required California special education teaching credential Level II or Clear Education Specialist Credential from an accredited institution Earned Master’s or Doctorate degree in special education or closely-related field Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church
Experience Special education classroom: 0–22 years of age Special education program leadership Computer skills Expertise in working with mild/moderate, moderate/severe, adapted physical education, and/or early childhood special education
Preferred Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a college environment Ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds Familiarity with contemporary trends and policies in special education Reliable transportation
Dependent upon qualifications and experience per the university's remuneration scale