Clinical Coordinator, Human Development & Family Sciences
Job no: 498875
College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Staff
Categories: Administrative Support, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 29E
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
The clinical coordinator supervises and evaluates Early Childhood Education students engaged in clinical experiences, trains and manages other field instructors and teaches field experience courses. The clinical coordinator works with school-based clinical educators, the Office of Clinical Studies, other clinical coordinators, clinical faculty and program-area faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences to promote the professional development of Early Childhood Education teacher candidates.
This is a full-time, 10-month appointment.
- Supervises Early Childhood Education teacher candidates enrolled in EDUC400 (student teaching), HDFS 432 Field Experience: Preschool to Kindergarten and HDFS 433 Field Experience: Kindergarten to Grade 2.
- Trains and manages Field Instructors for the ECE program.
- Develops resources used by Field Instructors and clinical educators to support teacher candidates during student teaching. Maintains a website with these materials.
- Evaluates and provides guidance, feedback, and support to ECE teacher candidates according to current standards in the field and program requirements.
- Evaluates the Early Childhood Education field experiences; recommends improvements and changes to the field experiences and implements changes after consultation with the ECE program coordinator and ECE faculty.
- Mentors the teacher candidates in their development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be effective in their classroom.
- Communicates with teacher candidates on a regular basis to monitor the candidates’ experiences and address concerns.
- Observes teacher candidates and engages them in informal and formal conferences on a regular basis to give verbal and written feedback designed to facilitate their professional growth.
- Creates improvement plans and/or completes dispositions forms when appropriate.
- Participates in formal midpoint and final three-way conferences with the school-based clinical educators to evaluate the teacher candidates’ practice during student teaching using the University summative evaluation tool. Records the final evaluation scores in the Office of Clinical Studies database.
- Conducts an orientation session for the teacher candidates. Participates in the co-teaching launch and pairs workshops at the beginning of the semester to optimize the relationship between the school-based clinical educators and teacher candidates.
- Orients clinical educators at the beginning of the semester on the required responsibilities in the placement and program policies.
- Communicates with the clinical educators on a regular basis to monitor the candidates’ experiences and gain their perspective on the teacher candidates’ performance.
- Observes and mentors teacher candidates in field experiences. Provides feedback to the candidates and the program coordinator.
- Leads discussion groups for teacher candidates in field placements.
- Collaborates with Office of Clinical Studies in the identification of appropriate field placements that will support the professional growth of the teacher candidates.
- Collaborates with the other faculty who work with ECE teacher candidates, and program area faculty who have a vested interest in the candidates’ clinical placements.
- Writes letters of recommendation for teacher candidates when appropriate.
- Completes additional job-related tasks as assigned.
- Master’s degree required in early childhood education or related field.
- Teaching certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (birth to grade 2) and a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience at the early childhood level (infants through grade 2) required.
- Experience as a cooperating teacher and/or other experience mentoring teacher candidates.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and provide own transportation to supervision sites.
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