Special Education

The School of Education at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is a dynamic mission-driven academic unit dedicated to collaborative efforts to improve teaching and learning at all levels. One tenure-track position is available at the Assistant or Associate Professor level for individuals with expertise in special education. Applicants should have demonstrated excellence in teaching and potential for excellence in educational research. Individuals are encouraged to describe all areas for which they have demonstrated expertise. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements for the position include:  We seek candidates with an earned doctorate (ABD within one year of completion will be considered) in an appropriate field of study and expertise to prepare teacher candidates and leadership personnel in the school’s Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Education Specialist credential and master’s degree program options and to supervise dissertations in the college’s joint doctoral program. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated commitment to providing learners with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities access to general education curriculum and environments through collaborative planning and teaching and through differentiated, specially designed instruction. Experience teaching learners across the grades (K through 12) is expected, as is the ability to employ technology and online distance learning in course design and delivery. Potential for professional inquiry and ongoing program development is required.

Preferred requirements for the position include: Preferred candidates will have demonstrated intercultural competence with diverse groups in teaching, research, and/or service. Preferred candidates will have experience teaching and supervising in special education teacher preparation programs and serving students with a variety of learner characteristics. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a commitment to promoting inclusive education for all students in public schools and have experience using technology to support student learning and communication, inclusive of assistive technologies and augmentative communication. Preferred candidates will have experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to the use of student and candidate assessment and outcome data to develop instruction and make programmatic decisions. Preferred candidates will have an interest in innovative teaching strategies, actively mentoring students, and being actively engaged in research and service.


Applications must include:

  • Letter of application, including statements of teaching expertise and research interests that address the above qualifications and a statement addressing the School of Education’s Mission
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Up to three (3) samples of written work (e.g., representative publications)
  • Up to three (3) samples of teaching artifacts (e.g., syllabi, course evaluations)
  • Minimum of three (3) and not more than five (5) current letters of recommendation
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A review of applications will begin on January 21, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Jacqueline Thousand, Search Chair, email jthousan@csusm.edu.

The university is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities  for more information.

California State University San Marcos, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, is strongly committed to equity and diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates in terms of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability and veteran status.