Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit
university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic
shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised
of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students
pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and
Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of
Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health
Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an
expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield
embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging
critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering
ethical and religious values.
Support educator preparation programs, direct field placements,
serve as certification officer.
UNUSUAL WORK CONDITIONS:
Occasional evening and weekend
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL NEEDED:
Master’s Degree or higher in Education or related field from an
Fairfield University’s School of Education and Human Development
(SEHD) seeks a Director of Educator Preparation and Certification
Officer with a vision toward equity, diversity, inclusion, and
racial justice in educator preparation.
The successful candidate should possess strong organizational,
communication, and relationship-building skills, flexibility and
creativity in problem-solving, be team-oriented, and maintain
Additionally, candidates with knowledge about educator preparation
in higher education, state department of education expectations for
preservice and inservice educator preparation, and certification
requirements are desired.
Three or more years of PK-12 teaching or leadership experience in a
school district is preferred.
REPORTS TO: Associate Dean
As the Director of Educator Preparation,
the Director of
Education Preparation and Certification officer will act in a
collaborative capacity to build, facilitate, and evaluate
school-community partnerships that supports the SEHD’s vision
toward equity, diversity, inclusion, and racial justice in educator
Responsibilities include the following:
- Establish and maintain new and existing reciprocally beneficial
and diverse clinical partnerships for the purpose of pre-service
educator development with appropriate PK-12 schools. Visit schools
as needed to develop, maintain, and strengthen existing
partnerships and relationships.
- Coordinate and oversee diverse field placements for candidates
across programs, including early fieldwork experiences, practicum,
student teaching, and internships.
- Collaborate with faculty and Dean’s Office to develop a
recruitment plan to increase diversity amongst students pursuing
education as a career.
- Periodically review field-site policies, practices, and
assessment strategies, including the maintenance and revision of
- Establish and maintain a system for evaluating field
placements, university supervisors, cooperating teachers, and
school settings. Develop reports using evaluation data to meet
annual accreditation requirements (e.g., CAEP and SPA
- Recruit a diverse pool of cooperating mentor teachers to work
with the students in our undergraduate/graduate programs during
fieldwork, practicum, and student teaching, following procedures
established with school districts and program directors.
- Recruit and hire a diverse pool of university supervisors to
mentor and evaluate practicum, DSAP, and student teachers.
- Design and conduct orientation and professional development for
university supervisors and cooperating teachers.
- Supervise and mentor a graduate assistant who provides ongoing
support for clinical placements, internships, etc.
- Collaborate with and support the instructional needs of
university-based program directors, faculty, and supervisors and
site-based cooperating teachers, curriculum leaders, and
- Collaborate with university faculty on structuring pre-service
field experiences to meet university and school needs, as well as
Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) standards. Collect
university student performance evaluation assessments from
cooperating teachers and distribute to appropriate faculty.
- Engage in mediation and problem solving as needed in
collaboration with program directors, university faculty, community
partners, and Fairfield candidates.
As Certification Officer
for SEHD, the the Director of
Education Preparation and Certification officer will serve in an
administrative capacity to oversee internal educator certification
processes, and collaborate with the CSDE on external educator
Responsibilities include the following:
- Oversee SEHD educator certification application protocols,
including providing certification information workshops, and
maintaining regular communication with students regarding
certification processes and deadlines.
- Serve as the liaison between the SEHD and the CSDE regarding
certification issues and changes.
- Attend regular dean’s and director’s certification meetings
conducted by the CSDE to stay up-to-date with current state
educator certification requirements.
- Keep faculty informed of announcements and changes related to
- Coordinate and facilitate Title 2 annual certification database
and final report required by the CSDE.
- Coordinate and support edTPA portfolio submission procedures
for initial teacher certification candidates.
Pay Range: $51,156-$62,524.
This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT
Duties may change and/or be added at any time.
Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been
designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed
by employees within this classification. It is not designed to
contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all
duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees
assigned to this job.
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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory
Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this
spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of
color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented
groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to
all qualified individuals with a disability.
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