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Visiting Asst. Prof - Curriculum and Instruction-ARPA

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Position Type: Faculty

Salary Range: $60,000.00 - $65,000.00

Job Category: OTRS Classified

Description The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) at the University of Central Oklahoma seeks to appoint a full-time, visiting Assistant Professor of Education. The C&I department at the University of Central Oklahoma is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse faculty and to creating a welcoming environment for all.

Position Overview:

This full-time temporary position (expected August 2024 through December 2025, with potential to start as early as June 2024) is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Teacher Acceleration Program and is contingent on continued funding of the grant. Teaches and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues, professional peers, and external stakeholders. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested and engages in the planning, assessment system, and program evaluation for the UCO ACTS grant.

College/Department Overview:
The College of Education and Professional Studies currently has 100 full-time and over 100 part-time faculty organized in seven departments. The college offers 23 undergraduate majors and 28 graduate majors. All teacher education programs are CAEP accredited. Other programs are recognized at the state and national levels with accreditations by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the Oklahoma Educational Quality and Accountability Commission (OEQA). UCOs College of Education and Professional Studies has an enrollment of nearly 4,800 students, about one-fourth of whom are graduate students. For further information see our website at

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for teaching twelve credit hours per semester in curriculum and instruction, including undergraduate Early Childhood and Elementary Education and graduate level Teaching and Learning in PreK-6 courses for those seeking certification on alternative pathways. The position will also be expected to teach in the summer. In addition, responsibilities could include the supervision of pre-service teachers, maintaining data for program assessment plans, and completing state required annual public-school experience. Candidates should have expertise in pedagogical theory and practice within the early childhood and/or elementary grades (prekindergarten to grade 6). This position requires teaching and mentoring of students; engagement with the department, college and university for all faculty and program meetings; service at the department, college, and university level; and active participation with the Accelerated Cohorts for Teaching Success (ACTS) grant program.

Required Documents:

Online faculty application with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and transcripts for all degrees received.

Qualifications Required:

Applicants are required to have:

  1. An earned doctorate degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution. ABD candidates will be considered. NOTE If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to Instructor.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education (pre-kindergarten to grade 6).
  3. Knowledge of current Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education theory, research, and effective and appropriate pedagogy for young children.
  4. Excellent communication, collaboration, problem-solving, technology, and organizational skills.

Qualifications/Experience Preferred:
Preference will be given to applicants with:

  1. A record of successful teaching experience with culturally diverse learners, rural populations, and/or urban populations.
  2. Certification in Early Childhood and/or Elementary Education.
  3. Evidence of excellent teaching as an Early Childhood and/or Elementary teacher educator at the college or university level.
  4. Experience teaching Early Childhood and/or Elementary teacher education methods courses at the university level.
  5. Evidence of experience in the effective use of technology for instruction.
  6. Candidates who are ABD in their doctoral programs will be considered for the instructor rank with the expectation of degree completion on or before the end of the first year of employment.

Ability to design engaging and effective instruction and flexibly adjust to various instructional delivery platforms with a highly diverse student body; willingness to work collaboratively on grant-related teacher education recruitment and retention initiatives; significant familiarity and expertise with the use of online learning management systems, e.g. D2L, Canvas, etc., and virtual learning platforms, e.g. WebEx, Zoom, etc. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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