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Teaching Associate/Teacher Certification Program Field Supervisor (.75 FTE)

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Education

Title: Teaching Associate/Teacher Certification Program Field Supervisor (.75 FTE)

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Position Description


The UW Tacoma’s School of Education (SoE) is seeking applications for one (1) 0.75 FTE non-tenure-track Teaching Associate/Field Supervisor (hereinafter referred to as Field Supervisor) to join our Teacher Certification Program (TCP) for 12 month annual contract. The expected start date is around July 1. 2021 and will be negotiated with the SoE Dean and Director of Field Placements & Partnerships. 

Field Supervisors in our TCP are the primary advocates and contacts for our teacher candidates during their field experiences in local-area K-12 partner schools. They act as a liaison between teacher candidates, SoE key personnel (Director of Field Placements & Partnerships, SoE faculty, and academic advisors), and K-12 mentor teachers/school administrators throughout the assigned teacher candidates’ field experiences. As such, Field Supervisors are ambassadors of SoE’s mission and values. They report directly to the Director of Field Placements & Partnerships (hereinafter referred to as Director) with a dotted-line to the School of Education’s Faculty Council. These positions are not tenure-eligible, tenure-leading, or tenure-track; however, annual renewal is possible given enrollments, program needs, and satisfactory performance.

We are seeking applicants from individuals who are able to support teacher candidates in our three TCP tracks: (a) dual-track K-8 Special Education, (b) dual-track K-8 Teaching English Language Learners, and (c) Secondary Mathematics or Science Education.

Primary Responsibilities

1. Evaluate, mentor, and supervise assigned teacher candidates to have successful field or student teaching experiences (approx. 70% of workload):

  • Maintain close communication with each assigned candidate throughout the field experience, providing regular assistance and support as needed.
  • At least once per quarter, meet each candidate, mentor, and the field supervisor team (triad) to assess the candidate progress, and develop a collaborative plan for continued growth and movement toward independent teaching.
  • Meet regularly with each candidate to observe performance in the field and provide constructive feedback. Maintain a record of those visits and any key topics addressed.
  • Evaluate the candidate at regular intervals through observations and use of both the Assessment of Standards for Essential Skills and Dispositions, and the program’s Formal Lesson Observation tools. Support mentor teachers in scheduling and using the evaluation tools.
  • Write a final letter of recommendation for each candidate for certification records and candidate support. Complete confidential reference forms as needed/requested by the candidate.
  • Support candidates with edTPA requirements. Work with the Director to become familiar with and use the current edTPA and TPEP tools/rubrics as part of candidate discussions and evaluation of progress. 
  • Communicate regularly with the Director regarding candidate progress. As needed, document and communicate any concerns to the Director.

2. Provide Support to the Director of Office of Field Placements and Partnerships (approx. 20% of workload):

  • Assist the Director with cultivating and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations and K-12 partner districts.
  • Assist the Director with coordinating field placements and communication with candidates and mentor teachers.
  • Assist the Director with updating program materials. 
  • Assist Director with implementation and training of tools and applications (examples: Teaching Channel, InPlace) to students and other field supervisors. 

3. Other Duties:

  • In collaboration with faculty of record for reflective seminar, assist with the facilitation of select small groups of candidates during the teaching internship. 
  • Attend regular events and meetings on campus with other faculty and/or supervisors such as field supervisor meetings and professional development events on campus for mentor teachers (e.g., co-teaching, edTPA seminars, orientations).
  • Assist the Director with facilitating and planning for professional development for mentor teachers and teacher candidates. 
  • Depending on enrollments and the overall needs of the program, in addition to expertise areas, this position may include additional support of our TCPs.

Other requirements of the job: Ability to regularly travel between UWT and school sites (UWT reimburses for mileage in accordance to program, University, and state policies).  


Teacher Certification Programs: 

UW Tacoma’s School of Education has an excellent reputation in the South Sound and state for preparing culturally responsive, equity-minded, and highly effective educators and leaders who support the success of diverse learners. The TCP is currently structured as a summer-start cohort model. In addition to coursework, high-quality placements with a cluster of partner districts who share our values are central to the success of our program. We currently offer three (3) certification options at the post-baccalaureate level in high-needs areas as follows: (a) dual-track K-8 Special Education, (b) dual-track K-8 Teaching English Language Learners, and (c) Secondary Mathematics and Science. We are currently in the process of launching an undergraduate program leading to teacher certification in autumn 2022.

To learn more about our TCPs, visit: 

School of Education:

The School of Education at UW Tacoma is one of seven academic units on campus. The mission of our school is: “to prepare ethical and reflective educators and leaders who transform learning, contribute to the community, exemplify professionalism and promote diversity.” Central to our values is a commitment to promoting equity and social justice in our schools and society. More information about our conceptual framework, mission, and values is located on our website:

UW Tacoma:

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high-quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma and the School of Education, see our website at

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • A minimum of 3 years of successful experience teaching in K-12 schools as a certified teacher. We prefer candidates from individuals who have content-area expertise in Secondary Mathematics or Science; Special Education; and/or Teaching English Language Learners.
  • A commitment to supporting the success of diverse teacher candidates, particularly individuals who have been underrepresented and underserved in K-12 and higher education.
  • Ability to (or willingness to learn) use basic technology including e-mail, Microsoft Office Suite tools, Learning Management Systems, and other online applications/tools.  
  • Evidence of a professional demeanor including the ability to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflict diplomatically. 
  • Ability to closely collaborate, communicate, and listen to colleagues, SoE leaders, mentor teachers, and school leaders to support the success of diverse teacher candidates.  
  • Ability to work independently and complete multiple tasks in a timely manner with little direction. 
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Knowledge of Washington State’s K-12 content-area standards and curricula
  • Experience coaching, mentoring, and/or supporting practicing or pre-service teachers (e.g., instructional coach, school leader, TOSA, prior university experience as a supervisor, or equivalent)
  • Familiarity with edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) requirements as implemented in Washington State 
  • Experience teaching in the public schools in multicultural or urban settings 


To Apply: The priority review date of applications will start on February 01, 2021 but will remain open until filled. To apply, please submit the following to Interfolio; any additional materials submitted outside of the platform will not be processed or reviewed:

1. A cover letter, no longer than 3 pages, that details the following:

  • Your interest in this position, including how you meet all of the minimum qualifications.
  • A description of your instructional and mentoring/coaching philosophies of diverse individuals, describing how your expertise, lived experiences, knowledge, and skills will contribute to the mission and values of the School of Education.  
  • A description of how you have directly supported the success of families and/or learners from diverse ethnic, racial, gender, and other groups historically underrepresented and underserved in PK-12 education, and your plans to continue these efforts at UW Tacoma in this role. 
  • An overview of what you see as the most urgent equity issues in PK-12 public education, and how you will prepare current and future educators to lead with courage to address such issues.
  • An updated resume listing, at a minimum, all degrees and licenses/certificates earned and employment history with dates. 

Note:  Up to three (3) professional letters of references will be required for candidates who advance to the final stage. More instructions will be provided to finalists. 

Questions may be directed to Carey Kirkwood, Director of Field Placements & Partnerships, at

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