Assistant or Associate Professor Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education Position School of U

Metropolitan State University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 08, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public, urban university, is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education/Elementary Education.  This is a full-time time probationary (tenure track) position within the The School of Urban Education and is expected to start August 16, 2021.


Our vision is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area's rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.


Metropolitan State University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future.  Metropolitan State University is a three-time recipient of the Insight into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, most recently in 2019.  Federally recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, AANAPISI), its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom identify as belonging to communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college, and/or are eligible for Pell grants.  Since we do not operate residential facilities, Metropolitan State University students all commute to class locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.   Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #35 out of 1458 in 2019). The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and service designed to support an urban mission.


Metropolitan State University has responded to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by offering nearly all of its courses in a fully online format for the 2020-2021 academic year, limiting any in-person instruction to courses for which in-person learning is essential for students to achieve the learning outcomes. In addition, the majority of employees are working remotely, taking advantage of technological tools to engage students and complete their work.  The search for this position will be conducted using web conferencing technology.


Visit the Metropolitan State University website to learn more about the university, our programs, and our students. Learn more about Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System at their website.


The School/Academic Department: The School of Urban Education aims to prepare diverse, reflective, resilient urban educators who are outstanding in their commitment and ability to meet the needs of historically and currently under-served urban learners, schools, and communities.  Thus, successful applicants for this position are expected to demonstrate a commitment to racial equity and working effectively with a diverse student body of adult learners.



Faculty members are expected to:

  • Demonstrate ability to teach urban education early childhood and/or elementary courses effectively [at both the undergraduate and graduate level]
  • Engage in scholarly research or creative achievement
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study
  • Contribute to student growth and development through advising and assistance and engage in service to the university and community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context and possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
  • Teach education methods and content courses for early childhood and/or elementary education effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate level using a culturally responsive lens.
  • Teach a variety of education course that contribute to education licensure programs through the School of Urban Education.
  • Engage in scholarly research or creative achievement that promotes urban education.
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study in the field of urban early childhood and elementary education.
  • Actively engaging in activities that serve a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context.
  • Work effectively with a wide range of diverse individuals across the university to carry out the mission and vision of Metropolitan State University and the School of Urban Education.
  • Supervise Master’s degree candidate’s thesis or capstone projects.
  • Collaborate on new and existing program development, implementation, and assessment with colleagues in the School of Urban Education.
  • Coordinate one or more concentrations offered in the School of Urban Education.
  • Engage in collaborations that promote and develop alliances with urban educators, schools and community partners that benefit the mission and vision of the School of Urban Education.
  • Contribute to state and national level policy and procedures development for Early Childhood Education.


Minimum Qualifications:  

  • D. or Ed.D. in Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 3) w/Urban Education emphasis.
    • Or ABD in Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 3) w/ Urban Education emphasis (with verification degree completion prior to the start for the position)
  • 3 years of consecutive public-school teaching experience in an ethnically diverse urban early childhood school setting as a licensed teacher.
  • Current or recent license in Early Childhood education within the last 5 years.
  • Ability to teach a variety of urban education courses effectively across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Early Childhood State level standards and policies.
  • Demonstrated experience in using urban early childhood pedagogy.
  • An emerging record of higher education teaching, research and scholarship focused on early childhood/elementary education tied to the urban education setting.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate urban education courses effectively and to meet state licensure standards.
  • Evidence of cross-cultural human relations skills including demonstrated evidence of effectively collaborating within culturally, linguistically, socio-economic diverse urban settings; such as classrooms, departments/offices, schools and communities.
  • Experience with inter-agency and interdisciplinary partnerships, especially for licensing.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 5 years of consecutive teaching experience in an urban teacher education preparation program.
  • Experience advising graduate students, including thesis advising.
  • Leadership experience and a demonstrated willingness to take on roles within the School of Urban Education to promote, build and create new programing for Early Childhood Education.
  • Experience meeting teaching licensure standards, and state program and/or unit approval/accreditation requirements.
  • Experience providing professional development to licensed teachers on early childhood, elementary, and/or urban education topics.
  • Teaching experience using multiple delivery methods (e.g., traditional face-to-face, online, and hybrid).
  • Experience in urban teaching preparation field placements.
  • Experience writing/developing curriculum, programs, and developing assessment plans in accordance with Federal Law and state requirements for special education licensure.


Please note: Filling of this position is dependent upon budget.


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Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.


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Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date:  January 21, 2020


Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position including evidence that you meet each of the minimum qualifications;
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume;
  • One-page statement of your teaching philosophy, particularly as it relates to equity and anti-racist pedagogy, and/or examples of teaching effectiveness;
  • Names of four (4) references with addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers; at least two (2) of the references must be able to address teaching effectiveness;
  • Transcripts - Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferred/awarded date of your highest attained degree, with your name and the academic institution’s name/logo are required.  If doctoral study is in progress at the time of application, submit the most recent transcript showing your course of study and progress to date.  We are not able to accept copy/paste word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports.  If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date.


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Metropolitan State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.