Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Secondary Education invites applicants for a one year clinical special position in STEM education beginning in June 2021 and Ending in May 2022. The timeline of the position may be extended.
The Clinical Specialist will work collaboratively with the Secondary Education faculty to provide M.Ed. candidates instructional support, feedback, pedagogical content knowledge and planning for instruction. This position will report to the Program Director for the Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship Program (WWTF) to provide mentoring to Fellows in the WWTF STEM Teaching Program. The clinical specialist will also be responsible for building relationships with the faculty in the secondary education department and partner with schools in the School District of Philadelphia as directed by the Program Director to provide mentoring through regular instructional coaching to candidates enrolled in the Master’s of Education program. The clinical specialist will assist faculty in methods coursework, supervise candidates in the Master’s programs while engaged in fieldwork or student teaching, and coach mentor teachers.
Candidates must have demonstrable excellence in teaching and communication skills as well as a record of commitment to student success, show evidence of at least four years of successful experience teaching science at the middle or secondary level using evidence-based pedagogical approaches in an urban, multicultural setting, and hold a middle or secondary level licensed teaching certification in science or a specific science discipline.
The clinical specialist should have a deep understanding of science as well as a wide range of subject appropriate pedagogical approaches and representations that would support a standards-based curriculum. This should include a basic understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Understanding of and experience with current research-based instructional practices is important. Additionally, the specialist will have a comprehensive understanding of lesson planning and design, which support teachers in meeting the needs of a diverse range of learners.
The Clinical Specialist must have a commitment to training secondary school educators; interest and academic background in science pedagogy in a high-needs school district; effective communication skills; ability to assist in teaching science content in pedagogy courses and supervise secondary science student teachers.
Assist STEM faculty with teaching methods coursework;
Provide feedback about fellow’s progress during residency;
Collaborate with schools to provide mentoring through an instructional coach model for candidates of the M.Ed. program, which includes ongoing collaborative planning with teachers and classroom teacher support/development;
Support teacher candidates to enact ambitious instructional routines by planning, co-facilitating, observing, and debriefing these routines;
Collaborate with subject area faculty in the Secondary Education to observe candidates during residency placement;
Serve as a liaison between the school and secondary education department;
Evaluate candidates during the student teaching portion of the residency program;
Provide mentoring through an instructional coach model for WWF Teaching Fellows mentor teachers;
Collaborate with the WWTF Program Director to develop supports for candidates.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university required;
At least four years of successful experience teaching science at the middle or secondary level in student-centered classrooms with evidence-based methodologies in an urban, multicultural setting;
Middle or Secondary level licensed teaching certification in science or a specific science discipline.
Master’s Degree or higher in science education;
Secondary level science certification;
Knowledge of research-based pedagogical practices in content area;
Evidence of leadership capacity or Supervisory/Coaching experience in science classrooms;
A commitment to strong instructional and inclusive practices;
Knowledge and use of formative assessments;
Belief that all children and teachers can learn;
Demonstrated ability to work with and support colleagues in a collaborative way.
Please upload the following documents to your application (required):
a cover letter addressing the above requirements
a brief statement of teaching philosophy
undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts.
Also, you will need to have two letters of recommendation, with at least one letter addressing in detail the candidate’s teaching effectiveness.
Once you have successfully completed and submitted the application, the reference's email listed will be sent a message immediately to collect the letter of recommendation. A link in the email sent via our NeoGov system will let the reference upload the document and automatically place in your application. If your reference has any issues uploading the letter or recommendation, please have the document sent to our Recruitment Assistant in the Human Resources Department, Nicole Poissant (email@example.com).
Applicants must successfully complete an interview process, including a teaching demonstration to the Department’s faculty and upper-level students to be considered as finalists.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
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About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions.