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Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, Washington State

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Job Description/Duties:

  • Teach undergraduate courses on campus and/or online, with a typical credit load of 27 credits (over three academic quarters).
  • Collaborate with the School of Education Early Childhood Program Chair and other faculty who teach in the Early Childhood Education program to maintain a quality program, ensure alignment with state and national standards, and make program improvements as needed.
  • Mentor and advise students in the Early Childhood Education program.
  • Establish and maintain collaboration with early learning centers and district programs.
  • Develop and maintain a scholarly trajectory that includes publications and presentations, along with serving on School of Education and campus-wide committees.
  • Duties may also include assessment, accreditation, licensure support, and consulting with SPU’s Early Childhood Education. endorsement programs. SPU, in its commitment to meeting the service needs of the region, expects faculty to engage in regional service, education, or study as part of their service responsibility.


A PhD or EdD in Early Childhood Education (ABD candidates may apply). This faculty role includes the preparation of teachers to work in culturally and linguistically rich contexts, and applicants must have experience in early childhood settings with ethnically diverse students. Candidates should have knowledge of the NAEYC professional standards and competencies and familiarity with the InTASC Model Standards for preparing pre-service candidates for licensing.

A successful candidate will bring a broad knowledge of expertise in Early Childhood education. Candidates should exhibit proficiency in course design (traditional, online, and/or hybrid), demonstrate scholarly promise or evidence of scholarly work, and practice a collaborative approach to working with students and faculty.

Our curriculum focuses on developing core competencies necessary for P-3 practitioners to realize educational equity for all learners. Candidates should provide evidence of a clear commitment to the Christian faith and the goals of social, racial, decolonial, and linguistic justice in the classroom.

Mission Statement

The Mission of SPU’s School of Education is to equip educators for service and leadership in schools and communities by developing their professional competence and character, to make a positive impact on learning.

Additional Information:

This is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment teaching primarily undergraduate courses in our new Early Childhood Education program within the School of Education. In future years this program may also be offered at the graduate level.

Compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, disability, life insurance, and retirement programs based on employment status. A moving allowance is also available.

Commitment to Diversity

Due to our mission of cultural engagement, SPU is committed to building an exceptional and diverse community. At the heart of our mission-centered commitment to becoming a more diverse community is a desire to represent the breadth of God's kingdom more fully. We recognize diversity as a basic feature of God's creation, a core theme of the gospel, and inseparable from our Christian faith. We strive to become a workplace that recruits, develops, and retains faculty and staff who can embrace, value, and engage differences with humility and care. We invite you to join us on our journey as a faculty or staff member. Learn more about SPU’s commitment to diversity and employee ongoing opportunities to deepen their capacity to serve our increasingly diverse student body.

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