Teacher Education Program Specialist
Position Overview: Merrimack College’s School of Education & Social Policy invites applicants for the position of Teacher Education Program Specialist in the Department of Education & Community Studies. This position will be dedicated to supporting students in our online graduate education licensure and non-licensure programs.
The Teacher Education Program Specialist will provide ongoing academic support for graduate students in the online, competency-based education (CBE) M.Ed. programs. The primary purposes of this position are to work individually with students to nurture engagement in coursework and across the program, support high academic performance and success, and provide career coaching based on student professional goals and program feedback. This includes helping students to cultivate habits that will result in academic and professional success, connect them to appropriate academic resources and services; monitor student progress and success indicators, provide necessary interventions an escalations as appropriate; and insure that all student meet Massachusetts licensure requirements for field-based experiences, including their pre-practicums and practicum. This works closely with the faculty in the Department of Education & Community Studies, the Office of Licensure, Placement & Field Experience, Bursar’s Office, Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid and will report directly to the Director of the CBE program.
Pre-Enrollment Support Ad-Hoc at Direction of Program Director
- Pre-advising with potential candidates
- Follow-up interactions as appropriate case by case
Orientation and Onboarding Support
- Supporting new student orientation and onboarding to the program
- Assistance with Merrimack systems and paperwork
- Course advising/selection at direction of Program Supervisor
- Dissemination of syllabus/textbook information
- Escalation of registration, billing, financial aid questions to appropriate Merrimack Staff
Student Success and Ongoing Support
- Serving as “one-stop” resource for on-line M.Ed. and graduate teacher education student to ensure questions are answered and that barriers are removed in a timely manner
- Providing support to students through regular communication, outreach, and intervention as requested and appropriate for each individual
- Bi-weekly (at least) check-in calls with each student to address:
- The student experience and academic progress; any items for support (e.g. financial aid, enrollment, billing)
- Professional Development and academic progress plan;
- Problems; resources for resolving problems and early remediation (faculty, etc.)
- Facilitating professional network for students through relationships with professional association networks, communities and other resources
- Monitoring and reporting (i.e., providing regular documentation) on key success indicators, student engagement trends, and individual student performance trends
- Working closely with M.Ed. leadership to develop strategies, tools, and resources to facilitate student success and engagement
- Weekly check-in with faculty
- Feedback to faculty from students
- Feedback from faculty on how best to support individual students
- Feedback on student trends around interaction with curriculum materials, time on task and workload, points of confusion, etc.
Qualifications: Master’s degree or comparable work experience. Experience working in higher education setting, especially in working with undergraduate and/or graduate students; at least five years of experience with PreK-12 schools and/or the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) regarding licensure and field-based experiences is especially desirable, as the individual will support school partnerships and coordinate and supervise student field-based experiences (such as pre-practicums, student-teaching practicum and internship). Experience in instructional delivery (e.g., faculty or instructor) or academic services (e.g., advising, coaching, case management, or related field) preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Ability to work independently to handle multiple ongoing, large, time-sensitive and complex projects. Evening and weekend work is required; however, hours are flexible with opportunities to work from home.
Merrimack College is a selective, independent four-year Catholic college offering liberal arts, business, science and engineering, and education programs within a residential setting. Merrimack’s distinguished faculty members teach a talented student body in a learning environment vigorously committed to the transforming values and benefits of the liberal arts. In the Augustinian tradition, Merrimack’s community embraces scholarship, service to others, and provides students with opportunities to develop intellectually, spiritually, socially, and ethically. Merrimack College enrolls approximately 3, 100 students and is located 20 miles north of Boston. The School of Education and Social Policy provides the opportunity to learn about, collaborate with, and impact PreK-12 schools, colleges, and communities through dynamic and focused programs that link theory to practice, excellent to impact, and classrooms with communities. The school has approximately 600 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students. Please visit www.merrimack.edu/schoolofeducation for the most up-to-date information about the School of Education and Social Policy.
To Apply: Please apply online with cover letter and resume.
Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.