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Bilingual Early Childhood Special Education Assistant Professor

San Diego State University
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 1, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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This joint tenure-track position in the Departments of Special Education and Dual Language and English Learner Education will prepare highly effective practitioners whose work is grounded in current research and theory, evidence-based practices, and social justice through certificate, credential (Bilingual Multiple and Single Subject & Education Specialist), and Master of Arts degree programs with emphasis areas in early childhood special education, and dual language learning/bilingual education. The successful candidate will be expected to apply creative approaches to teaching courses in curriculum and instruction for young children, engaging families and communities, and bilingual education using a variety of delivery models, including virtual and technology-supported classroom instruction. Other key responsibilities may include student advising, supervising students in practicum settings, school and community service, participation in externally funded projects, and supervising master’s projects. 


The Departments of Special Education and Dual Language and English Learner Education invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2022. Applicant must have an earned doctorate in special education or related field (by August 2022), in addition to bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish. Applicants must have a focus on research-based educational programs and services for young children (birth through kindergarten) who are dual language learners in the areas of assessment, curriculum and instruction, and authentic engagement with families. SPED/DLE is seeking a faculty member who demonstrates a high regard for excellent teaching, scholarly productivity, grant writing, and rigorous research and who can foster the knowledge, dispositions, and skills aligned to our mission and vision to support educators in creating multicultural democratic practices and in bringing multicultural voices and social justice issues to the center of their practice for the benefit of all young children. Additionally, applicants willing to engage in school/university partnerships and experience in educating young children who are dual language learners with varying abilities are highly desirable attributes.

Building on Inclusive Excellence (

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy at least 2 of the 8 criteria from the Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) program. Candidates that meet BIE criteria:

  • Are engaged in service with underrepresented populations in higher education             
  • Demonstrates knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty in higher education
  • Have experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students                             
  • Integrate understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research                               
  • Extends knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group
  • Are committed to research that engages underrepresented communities
  • Shows expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration            
  • Have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education                           

Please indicate in your Diversity Statement which BIE criteria you meet.


SDSU’s College of Education’s graduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation. The Departments of Special Education and Dual Language and English Learner Education are housed in the College of Education along with the School of Teacher Education and four other departments: Counseling and School Psychology, Child and Family Development, Educational Leadership, and Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education.


SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundations Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Position begins August 2022.


Review of applications will begin December 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should complete the online application

All applications should include the information below. For questions, contact Laura J. Hall at

  1. Cover Letter (should include a statement of teaching philosophy, research agenda, and service experience)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Diversity Statement (which clearly discusses how two of the eight BIE criteria are met)
  4. Contact information of at least three references (name, position, email, and telephone)

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “One SDSU” community, SDSU requires that faculty seeking employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


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