Tenure Track Faculty - Special Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood (505970)

  • CSU, Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


COLLEGE: Education

DEPARTMENT: Teaching Credentials

POSITION TITLE: Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Position In Special Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education


Join our dynamic and passionate team of teacher educators in one of the best teacher preparation programs in California. During this time of profound societal change, we believe it is critical that educators are prepared within an anti-racist framework and prepared to teach with an understanding of the communities within which they teach. The Teaching Credentials branch in Sacramento State's College of Education is committed to advancing the campus-wide commitment to antiracism and inclusion. We prepare future elementary, secondary, and special education teachers. As an anchor institution within the diverse Sacramento region, we prepare teachers and leaders to be agents of change, committed to social justice, equity, and inclusion in culturally and linguistically diverse schools and communities.

We seek a colleague who is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their interactions, teaching practices, scholarship, and community engagement. Our intentionally sequenced and integrated distance-learning program coursework and fieldwork result in highly focused instruction interwoven with hands-on teaching experiences, sustained mentoring, and personalized advising. Faculty have close professional relationships with local infant/toddler programs, P/K-12 and higher educational institutions, and community and governmental organizations/institutions throughout the Sacramento region and California. Faculty provide academic and professional support to local programs, teachers, administrators, counselors, as well as engage in collaborative or joint research, scholarly projects, presentations, and professional development related activities. In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community. Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population.


The College of Education is seeking applicants for the Special Education tenure-track position with an emphasis on Early Childhood Special Education (young children with disabilities birth to kindergarten) to begin in the Fall 2022 semester, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Salary and rank are dependent upon qualifications and professional experience. This position is housed in the Teaching Credentials branch in the College of Education. The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program features a blended Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with ECSE Preliminary Credential pathway.

  • A commitment to serving our diverse student population through advising and teaching.
  • Teach online afternoon and evening courses in the branch, especially in Early Childhood Special Education and Special Education.
  • Provide leadership in course and program development and implementation (especially at the Associate level)
  • Collaborate with faculty in Special Education, General Education, and Child Development (co-planning and co-teaching courses)
  • Supervise Early Childhood Special Education candidates in their fieldwork experiences
  • Recruit and advise credential candidates regarding program and course requirements
  • Engage in scholarly activities; develop research agenda; publish peer reviewed articles
  • Supervise Master's student research
  • Provide service to the institution (including serving on programmatic, college-wide, and University-wide committees and with accreditation activities), and provide service to the community

The teaching schedule will include late afternoons and evenings, and may include weekends. Faculty members teaching a full load typically teach 4 courses per semester. New faculty may be given some release time in their first years and some faculty receive units for coordination, or have release time for work on grants, research, and other special projects.

  • Earned doctorate in Education with an emphasis on special education in early childhood or related area from an accredited institution. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, candidates will be required to complete the doctoral degree by August 2022.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and colleagues, success in creating inclusive classrooms and environments, and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives.
  • Knowledge of theories and experience with inclusive and family-centered practices for supporting families and teaching young children with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methodologies for collaborating using a strengths-based equity-minded approach with colleagues in the workplace and in early childhood with other educators, families, and care providers of young children with disabilities
  • Ability to teach and mentor a diverse student population in online and hybrid formats.
  • Ability to develop effective partnerships with community stakeholders and colleagues across various disciplines.


Please note that while these are "preferred" qualifications, we hope they do not prevent otherwise qualified individuals from applying.
  • Demonstrated evidence of working for social justice and equity for young children with disabilities and their families (especially at the Associate level).
  • Knowledge of the legal and historical aspects of public education and services to young children with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of linguistically and culturally responsive practices grounded in principles of equity.
  • Knowledge of typical and atypical cognitive, social, and emotional development as well as the implications of developmental and neurological disabilities.
  • Experience teaching higher education courses or working with adult learners (leadership experience at the Associate level).
  • Experience supervising and/or mentoring early childhood educators and/or interacting with various educators in programs serving young children with disabilities (especially at the Associate level).
  • Knowledge of and experience with children with extensive support needs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods for engaging multilingual children and their families.


The initial review date is December 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must include the following attachments with the application:
  1. Cover letter
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)/resume.
  3. Unofficial transcripts of highest degree or degree required for position (official transcripts will be required when invited for interview).
  4. Diversity Statement - Share an example of how your experiences and/or research demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity and social justice in line with our Teaching Credential branch mission.
  5. Recent data on teaching effectiveness (if available).

Confidential letters of recommendation will be collected directly from applicant's references. After the initial review date, the three references listed on the application will be contacted with instructions on how to upload confidential letters of recommendation. The search committee asks that applicants notify their references in advance so that letters will be submitted in a timely manner.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement." As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/internal/your-hr/benefits/disability-parental-leave.html#reasonable-accommodations-interactive-process .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/compliance/hr-compliance/mandatory-dhr-training.html .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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