Coordinator of Teacher Education

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Education and Child Study Job Description

Job Summary

Oversee the Department of Education and Child Study’s teacher preparation and licensure programs. This includes organizing fieldwork, observation, and student placements; working closely with department faculty, supervisors of student teachers, and mentor teachers to track students’ progress in their internships; developing and managing relationships with local educators and administrators; be knowledgeable about the many and varied requirements for our state accredited educator licensure programs and respond to students’ queries about educator licensure requirements; serve as our representative to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and ensure that the program remains in compliance with state regulations; teach Fall course preparing student teachers for Spring Practicum; and, oversee community outreach efforts in our department (in collaboration with colleagues in the Urban Education Initiative and Jandon Center).

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Coordinate Licensure Program and Student Placements (65%)

● Serve as our representative to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and ensure that program remains in compliance with state regulations;
● Oversee fieldwork, observation, and student placements
● Train, hire, and supervise program supervisors.
● Lead meetings for supervisors and students.
● Problem-solve any concerns that arise with /between/among cooperating teachers, students, and school directors.
● Manage transportation including the use of Smith vans, van certification and gas reimbursement.
● Prepare for fall and spring semester student teaching by contacting cooperating teachers and connecting them with potential student teachers for interviews.
● Track student teacher candidates at risk; problem solve with student teachers and/or mentor teacher, supervisors; create and implement improvement plan when needed. Ensure that all candidates are keeping key documentation necessary for state licensure.
● Teach a course for student teachers related to the practicum.
● Prepare a CTE report for monthly department meetings with student business section (waivers), DESE regulation updates or changes, updates on MAT admissions, placements, etc.
● Receive and review MTEL scores; follow up to make a plan with students who don’t pass.

Manage Admission process for Master of Arts in Teaching program (10%)

Work in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Study to develop and distribute recruitment materials, careful undergraduate transcript review with each incoming graduate student, for content-related courses required for the various Massachusetts educator licenses; meeting with prospective MAT candidates to discuss the program; and coordinating the summer M.A.T. program

Coordinate Summer MAT Program (15%)

• locate, organize, and oversee graduate student field placements in K-12 summer programs in area school systems;
• work closely with the department’s summer faculty and the supervisors of graduate summer fieldwork to track students’ progress in their summer placements;
• developing and managing relationships with local teachers and administrators;
• respond to graduate students’ queries about licensure requirements; serve as liaison to the Massachusetts Department of Education;
• support the department’s summer faculty in the teaching of the seminars that are taught in concert with the summer field placements;
• coordinate, organize, and facilitate cohort building activities for graduate students and all social gatherings held throughout the summer program.
• continue to handle communication with the graduate students throughout the academic year, as it pertains to their academic year fieldwork/teaching internship placements.

Other Functions

Long range planning and reporting(10%)

• Oversee maintenance of paperwork required for decennial State reaccreditation review
• Plan for program modifications in response to changes in State requirements
• Write reports for annual and decennial reviews

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Master's degree plus appropriate K-12 teaching and/or educational administrative experience or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with college students .
At least one year of experience in program coordination.


* Ability to balance and accomplish both day-to-day tasks and ongoing, longer-term projects and responsibilities
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent attention to detail
• Good listening and interpersonal skills.
• Fluency with computer applications including Drive, databases, word processing, and presentation software

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

May 25, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade I

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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