Four Teaching Assistantships – Teacher Education

Deadline for all four positions: Monday, August 13, 2012

Note: These positions requires a minimum of three years teaching experience in a public school classroom setting, and current enrollment as a doctoral student in the College of Education.

Start Date for all four positions: September 5, 2012

Basic Function: Teacher Education Teaching Assistantships support the teacher education program through coaching candidates in the field and providing support for faculty teaching in the program.

General Information: The elementary and secondary TEP prepare Masters level candidates for positions in the public schools of the State of Washington. To this end, the programs support approximately 16 Teaching Assistants annually to assist in conducting courses, facilitate program elements, work with partner schools, and support the ongoing TEP renewal process. The TEP TA positions are most likely to be awarded to doctoral candidates who have a keen interest in teacher education and have deep knowledge of the purposes of education in a multicultural democracy. Successful applicants will also understand the functioning of the public P-12 education system and generally have three or more years of classroom teaching experience. TEP TA positions are grouped in seven main categories according to the skills and knowledge required: Content-Area Methods; Multicultural Education; Cultural Foundations; Assessment; Learning and Development; Special Education; Technology.

All TEP TAs are required to participate in a three day TA training each year which takes place in early September before classes begin, participate in the application process for upcoming cohorts, and to participate in regular TEP Division meetings. The position also requires participation in a weekly two hour planning and training session for which a two-credit (cr/ncr) seminar is offered. TEP TAs are appointed for a one-year term with the possibility of reappointment for a second or third year. TEP TAs are evaluated quarterly with respect to both their work in courses and their other responsibilities.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: TEP TAs work an average of 20 hours a week on duties connected to assigned courses, field work in partner schools, and the TEP program overall. Duties change each quarter, and may include the following: assist in one TEP course per quarter as a TA to an assigned faculty member, facilitate Field Based Seminars both on campus and in the field, supervise TEP students in field work placements, serve as liaisons with partner schools, and work with Cooperating Teachers to support TEP students complete their practicum and culminating Teacher Performance Assessment. Applicants must be certain their own class schedules will allow them to participate in assigned duties. Because of the changing needs of the program from quarter to quarter, TAs must be prepared to be assigned to provide support for courses and activities that may differ somewhat from their initial assignments. All such changes will be negotiated with each TA as needed.

General Qualifications: In general preference will be given to applicants in each category who exhibit the following qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application, transcripts of past coursework and prior work experiences.

Education: Masters Degree in Education or a related field.

Work Experience: The position requires a minimum of three years teaching experience in a public school classroom setting, and current enrollment as a doctoral student in the College of Education.

Other preferred attributes to be assessed during the application/ interview process include:
Good teaching skills
Strong communication skills – both oral and written
Group facilitation skills
Ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds
Sensitivity to concerns of faculty and students
Proficiency in integration of technology in teaching
Professional demeanor

Specific Qualifications and Responsibilities: Teaching Assistants serve as coaches who will supervise students in the field as well as support faculty teaching in TEP courses. Because the coaching component requires visits to partner schools, TAs must have a reliable means of transportation.

Responsibilities:

Fieldwork:

  • School visitations
  • Observation and evaluation of teacher candidates
  • Participation in programmatic meetings related to planning and coordination of program activities.

Coursework:

  • Participation and support in course activities
  • Grading of student work
  • Selected teaching responsibilities as negotiated with course instructor

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.

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Teaching Assistantships #13, Elementary Literacy and/or Mathematics
TA position #13 is designed to provide coursework and fieldwork support for TEP students and faculty related to elementary literacy and/or mathematics content methods as well as supporting the Teacher Education Program as a whole.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful experience teaching at the elementary level
  • Knowledge of interactive model of reading and writing instruction including: beginning reading and writing, word identification, comprehension, strategy instruction, process writing, and assessment (6-traits, informal reading inventories)

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Teaching Assistantships #1 – Secondary Math Methods
TA position #1 is designed to provide coursework and fieldwork support for TEP students and faculty related to secondary mathematics methods as well as supporting the Teacher Education Program as a whole.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful secondary math teaching experience
  • Familiarity with current reforms in mathematics education

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Teaching Assistantship #10 – Secondary Humanities
TA position #10 is designed to provide coursework and fieldwork support for TEP students and faculty related to secondary language arts and social science methods as well as supporting the Teacher Education Program as a whole.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful secondary language arts and social studies teaching experience
  • Widely read in the social sciences, humanities, literature, writing and language

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Teaching Assistantships #8 – Secondary Classrooms for All TA/Coaching
TA position #8 is designed to provide coursework and fieldwork support for TEP students and faculty related to differentiated instruction and classroom management as well as supporting the Teacher Education Program as a whole.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience in special education or another secondary area
  • Background in special education with knowledge/experience in curriculum and instructional modifications
  • Strong skills in classroom management, school-wide discipline & social skills curricula/instruction

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How to Apply:
Please send letter of interest and CV to:
Kevin Hatch
Office of Teacher Education
211 Miller Hall, Box 353600
Seattle WA 98195-3600
TEPinfo@uw.edu

Application inquiries may be made to: Same as above.

Notes: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@u.washington.edu.

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