Child Development Instructor (2019)

MiraCosta College - Oceanside , CA

Child Development Instructor (2019)


MiraCosta College


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Discipline or Department: Child Development/Early Childhood Education


Position Type: Full-time Faculty


Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:



This position is a 10-month, 176-day contract. The standard contractual work week for credit and noncredit classroom faculty is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, class preparation and student evaluation (contact hours and preparation hours). The remaining time will consist of five (5) student hours (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) institutional service hours. Noncredit faculty may substitute three (3) of the required five (5) weekly student hours for additional preparation hours.


The person selected for this position will be assigned a Faculty Service Area (FSA) in Child Development/Early Childhood Education and will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.


Special Instructions to Applicants:




Apply and submit application materials online at Once you're in the online system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.


Submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:


1. Application for Academic Employment.


2. A cover letter addressed to the Selection Committee discussing your strengths and weaknesses as they apply to the desirable qualifications and representative duties stated in the position announcement;


3. Teaching philosophy statement [attach this to the "Teaching Philosophy" link], addressing questions such as:


a. Explain how you create a diverse learning environment that stimulates curiosity and exploration in your classes and promotes positive learning opportunities for students.


b. Describe the teaching strategies and/or techniques you have utilized to increase the retention and completion rates for under-served student populations, particularly for Black/African-American, Latinx, and Native American students?


c. Describe how your teaching approach has changed over the years. Provide examples of what motivated the change(s);


4. A curriculum vitae or resume summarizing your educational background and experience;


5. Three recent letters of recommendation (must be dated and signed). Letters need not be confidential. If you already have letters of recommendation in your possession, you may attach them yourself when attaching the other required documents in the online application system. If you would prefer, or if your letter writers would prefer to submit a confidential letter, you can enter their names and e-mail addresses in the online system, and the system will send an e-mail requesting them to submit a letter of recommendation via our online system. IMPORTANT: The system will NOT e-mail your letter writers until you have completely finished applying and receive a confirmation number from the system. Therefore, if you use this option, it is recommended that you finish applying at least 7 days prior to the closing date so that your letter writers have enough time to submit their letters. NOTE: Entering your letter writers' names and email addresses in order for them to receive an email generated by the system is a separate step from just listing them in the "References" section of the Application for Academic Employment;


6. Two sample syllabi, written by you, for two of the following courses: art, music, math/ science, language/literature, or program planning [attach these to the "Sample Syllabus" and "Sample Syllabus 2" links];


7. A sample syllabus, written by you, for a core child development course (child growth & development; or child, family & community) [attach this to the "Other Document" link];


8. A sample exam, written by you, for a course taught recently [attach this to the "Sample Class Exam" link];


9. Transcripts


a. Transcripts of ALL college degrees/coursework needed to qualify for this position; unofficial or legible copies are acceptable but must indicate that the degree(s) has been conferred, if applicable. A diploma will not be accepted in lieu of transcripts. An equivalency narrative and supporting documentation must be submitted at the time of application if (i) you do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section or (ii) your qualifying degree will not be awarded before the position begins. (View the instructions for equivalency requests at


If your qualifying degree is in progress but will be conferred BEFORE the position begins in August 2019, then you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date.


All degrees and units used to satisfy the minimum qualifications must be from postsecondary institutions accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. If your degree/coursework is from a college or university anywhere outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A partial list of agencies can be found at Transcripts or translations in English still require the evaluation to show the U.S. equivalence of your degree.


b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter.


NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answer(s) will appear toward the bottom of the application form.


-- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. We strive to be a model for equity and inclusion, effectively supporting students and employees from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds who possess a range of abilities, academic preparation, and life experiences. Please reflect on two or three examples of how you have or would create, modify, and/or perform one or more of the following to meet the needs of a diverse student population: (1) curricula; (2) learning activities; (3) teaching/counseling practices; (4) library reference services or collection development; (5) literary efforts (e.g., original scholarly works); or (6) budgetary or planning processes.


ATTENTION: As of December 2018, the above question is a revised version of the diversity question. If you previously completed the Application for Academic Employment for MiraCosta College, review your previous response to the diversity question and update it as needed before you finish applying for this posting. For instructions on how to update your response, go to


-- What experience, certification, or professional development do you have in teaching online? [If applicable, attach documentation to the "Other Document 1" link].


-- Provide examples of ways you connect theory and practice, and utilize experiential learning, in your teaching (e.g., working in or with a lab school, having students implement activities in a lab school, assigning service learning, mentoring students who are enrolled in internship courses).


-- Briefly describe your accomplishments in curriculum development (e.g., course outlines written) and collaboration (e.g., clubs, committees, grants).


Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.


The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to five weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected will be notified by e-mail. For interviewees, the selection process will include a panel interview, as well as possible teaching demonstration and written exercise. Interview candidates coming from out of state or over 300 miles away will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $500 for both initial and final interviews.


Basic Function and Other Details:




MiraCosta College's Child Development Department invites applications for a full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2019. The ideal candidate will share MiraCosta's commitment to educating its racially and socioeconomically diverse student population. Principle responsibilities include teaching a variety of child development courses, both on-ground and online. The person selected will share leadership roles with other full-time instructors in developing curriculum, in using culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and in coordinating the overall program.




MiraCosta students are diverse in age and represent all of California's major racial/ethnic groups. The credit student population in Spring 2018 was approximately 37% Latinx, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 8% multiracial. Diversity is also evidenced by student-veterans, re-entry students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQIA+. The college was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013. This designation reflects the great responsibility that MiraCosta has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The successful candidate will join a campus that exhibits its dedication to its students and faculty through offering robust, culturally responsive events, including speaker series dedicated to heritage month events through the Social Justice and Equity Center.


In the Child Development Department, 47% of the students are Latinx, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% Black/African American, 7% multiracial and 35% white. The Child Development Department includes both Child Development and Education. Students enrolled in courses can build skills for success in the workplace, earn certificates and permits, prepare for transfer as child development majors, and fulfill general education requirements. Our department currently consists of four full-time faculty members, with one of those faculty members responsible for directing our Child Development Center, which is connected to our main child development classroom. The Child Development Center is used by students in our classes for observations, curriculum implementation, service learning, and student teaching. We are committed to maintaining a strong connection between our college courses and our lab school (Child Development Center), as well as to providing students with a learning experience that includes high expectations, inclusive classroom practices, and a high degree of professionalism. To view the Child Development Department website, go to


MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing an educational environment that affirms and supports diversity in its faculty, staff, and administration, and promoting an environment of inclusion. The college's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is expressed in the policy found at




An offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense, 2) submission of a current tuberculosis clearance certificate, 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States, 4) fingerprint clearance, and 5) approval by the Board of Trustees.


Representative Duties:


(E = essential job function)


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. Teach a variety of child development courses, including both online and on-ground courses. (E)


2. Assist in the creation, review, development and evaluation of courses both online and on-ground, certificates, and programs in collaboration with other instructors as appropriate. (E)


3. Work in collaboration with other full-time and associate faculty in coordinating and maintaining currency of curriculum. (E)


4. Integrate the latest research and utilize a variety of culturally responsive teaching strategies to promote student learning and student success. (E)


5. In close cooperation with other faculty in the department, provide leadership in curriculum development, program review, and mentoring of associate faculty. (E)


6. Advise students about program requirements and facilitate student acquisition of certificates, degrees, and teaching permits. (E)


7. Assist in recruiting students and promoting the child development program through participation in college and community events, student clubs, and educational outreach.


8. Participate in articulation with high schools and transfer institutions.


9. Work with other child development faculty to maintain certification programs and coordinate student internships.


10. Work with the Child Development Advisory Committee to serve the needs of the community and update the curriculum.


11. Coordinate local and state grants and participate on local and state committees related to services and/or advocacy for children and families. (E)


12. Participate in institutional service and collegial governance (e.g., governance councils, advisory committees, working conditions committees, ad hoc committees, task forces, and standards groups); and active involvement in department and/or program functioning (e.g., serving on hiring committees, faculty evaluation, and department meetings). (E)


13. Participate in the development, assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes (SLOs). (E)


14. Participate in the tenure review process as described in the "Criteria for Evaluation" at


Type of Benefits:



For current salary schedule, go to


MiraCosta College offers a comprehensive package of benefits, which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; and other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).


Minimum Qualifications:


To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:


1. Master's degree in Child Development (CD); Early Childhood Education (ECE); Human Development; Home Economics/Family and Consumer Studies with a specialization in CD/ECE; Educational Psychology with a specialization in CD/ECE; or Human Development and Psychology [an approved comparable degree at MiraCosta College]; OR


2. Bachelor's degree in any of the majors listed above or in Family & Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies [an approved comparable degree at MiraCosta College] AND a Master's degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education; Educational Supervision; Elementary Education; Family and Consumer Studies; Family Life Studies; Life Management/Home Economics; Psychology; Social Work; Special Education; or Education (Elementary Curriculum and Instruction) [an approved comparable degree at MiraCosta College]; OR


3. the equivalent. Applicants who do not possess the EXACT degree major(s) listed above must attach an equivalency narrative and supporting documentation at the time of application. Instructions can be found at; OR


4. a fully satisfied, lifetime California Community College credential authorizing instruction in the appropriate subject matter; AND


5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice within the classroom.


Desirable Qualifications:


1. Recent, successful experience teaching at the college level, as well as direct experience working in early care and education programs with young children and/or families.


2. Familiarity with a broad range of early care and education programs (e.g. infant/toddler care, preschool, before/after-school programs, state/federal funded programs, Transitional Kindergarten).


3. Experience with online teaching and pedagogy.


4. Commitment to work closely with child development center staff on program issues and the integration of theory and practice.


5. Evidence of a strong commitment to teach and remain current in the field of early childhood education.


6. Familiarity with the California Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) and CAP Expansion.


7. Knowledge of the system of regulations regarding employment and credentialing of early care and education programs and elementary TK-grade five, including state initiatives focused on quality improvement and workforce development.


8. Demonstrated leadership and advocacy in the field of early childhood education, and active participation in local and statewide child development communities.


9. Ability to design and assess culturally responsive curriculum and teaching pedagogy related to student learning needs.


10. Experience or familiarity with student and program learning outcomes development and assessment.


11. Demonstrated success in helping students from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized groups, nontraditional students, speakers of other languages, and students with learning disabilities.


12. Experience collaborating with faculty or community leaders in programs or initiatives that are specifically designed to help historically underrepresented students achieve their educational goals.


13. Ability to communicate professionally and clearly, both orally and in writing; experience writing grant reports, program review, student learning outcomes reports, etc., preferred.


14. Demonstrated commitment to the community college mission of providing instruction to students of diverse abilities, interests, and cultural backgrounds.


15. In addition to being well qualified to teach, additional abilities and interests in contributing to other professional pursuits at the College, such as: instructional innovation, second language ability, sponsoring clubs, new program development, student success initiatives, and community outreach.


16. Commitment to examine, reflect, and modify instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support disproportionately impacted student populations with a goal of closing equity gaps (see Student Equity website at


17. Ability to contribute to the mission of the college.


Licenses and Other Requirements:


Closing Date:


First Screening Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854


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Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Oceanside , CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: January 3rd, 2019

Agency Details


About MiraCosta College


The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, and parts of Camp Pendleton.


MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomanufacturing.


The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving approximately 10,500 students, is located on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, and attracts more than 3,000 students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 2,500 students in the college's noncredit programs including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes. The Technology Career Institute (TCI) in Carlsbad is part of the college’s Career Education Department. It offers our local community members the opportunity to enhance their lives and their careers with low-cost, hassle-free classes, workshops, and programs, as well as certificate programs to train skilled workers in industries such as high-tech manufacturing, maritime technology, and emerging technologies. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the TCI provides resources, workshops, and leadership programs for small businesses and serves all of North San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), also located at the TCI, provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring, as well as referrals for eligible veterans and military spouses owning or considering starting a small business enterprise in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial Counties.