Child Development Instructor (2015) - Mira Costa College in Oceanside California

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Mira Costa College

Oceanside, California

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Child Development Instructor (2015)

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department

Child Development/Early Childhood Education

Position Type

Full-time Faculty

Working Hours

MiraCosta College's Child Development Department invites applications for a full-time (10 months per year), tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2015. Principal 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 program coordination and development. 

The standard work week for this position is forty (40) hours. The standard instructional work week shall consist of thirty (30) hours of instructional time, curriculum development, preparation and student evaluation. The remaining time will consist of five (5) hours of student engagement (of which at least two (2) hours must be designated office hours), and five (5) hours of departmental activities and collegial governance (i.e., institutional service). The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district facility during any hours of operation. 

Basic Function and Other Details


The Child Development Department includes both Child Development and Education. Students take courses to build skills for success in the workplace, in preparation for transfer as child development majors, and to fulfill general education requirements. Our department currently consists of three 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 and 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 is diverse, rich, and academically rigorous. To view the Child Development Department website, go to 

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. Integrate the latest research and utilize a variety of teaching strategies to promote student learning and student success. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Contribute a fair share to department, Academic Senate, and District committee work and participate in shared governance. (E) 

11. Perform related duties as required. 

Adherence to all District policies and procedures is expected.

Type of Benefits


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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; other optional coverages. Faculty members are also covered under the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). 

Minimum Qualifications

IMPORTANT: If you do not follow the instructions below, your application may not be forwarded to the committee. 

To provide evidence that you meet the minimum qualifications listed below, the transcripts you are attaching must state the degree title, major, and date awarded. 

If your degree major EXACTLY matches the degree major(s) listed below, you do not need to request equivalency. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Early Childhood Education; Confer Date: 5/31/12." The minimum qualifications listed below state: Master's in Early Childhood Education. 

If your degree major DOES NOT EXACTLY match the degree major(s) listed below, you must REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. For example, the transcripts you are attaching state: "Degree title: Master of Arts; Major: Education:Early Childhood Education; Confer Date: 5/9/12." This exact degree major is not listed below, so does not directly meet minimum qualifications. You MUST REQUEST EQUIVALENCY. 

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

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

2. a Bachelor's degree in any of the majors listed above 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, or Special Education; OR 

3. a valid California Community College teaching credential in the appropriate subject matter; OR 

4. the equivalent. View the equivalency instructions and guidelines at; AND 

5. sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. 

Desirable Qualifications

The college seeks candidates who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence as demonstrated by the following: 

1. Recent, successful experience teaching at the college level, as well as experience working in programs for young children. 

2. Experience in instructional technology or online course development. 

3. Ability to design and assess curriculum related to student learning outcomes. 

4. Vision and energy to plan, implement, and evaluate programs to enhance student success. 

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

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

7. Knowledge of licensing requirements and the state credentialing process. 

8. Eligible for a Child Development Program Director Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

9. Effective oral and written communication skills. 

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

11. Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability within an environment of change. 

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

First Screening Date

Open until filled; 1st screening date February 17, 2015

Human Resources Contact Information or 760.795.6854

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following: 

1. Application for academic employment. 

2. A cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" discussing your strengths and weaknesses as they apply to the desirable qualifications and representative duties stated in the job posting. 

3. A one-page statement of your teaching philosophy. 

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

5. Three recent letters of professional recommendation (must be dated and signed). Letters need not be confidential. 

6. A sample syllabus, written by you, for a curriculum course (art, music, math/science, language/literature, or program planning). 

7. A sample syllabus, written by you, for a core child development course (child growth & development; or child, family & community). 

8. A sample exam, written by you, for a course taught recently. 

9a. 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 title(s) listed in the Minimum Qualifications section above 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 2015, you must also include a written statement from your adviser indicating the anticipated degree CONFERRAL date. 

If your degree(s) is from a college or university outside of the United States, you must submit a detailed evaluation from a professional evaluation agency. A list of agencies can be found at 

9b. If needed to meet the minimum qualifications, a copy (front and back) of your California teaching credential authorizing instruction in a community college. 


Keyword Phrases

  • Child Development Instructor
  • Teacher Early Childhood
  • Community College Education
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 0 years
Level of Job: Lecturer / Instructor / Adjunct
Type of Faculty:Non-Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume