Full-Time Faculty - Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education

Position title: Faculty, Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education


Southwestern Christian University seeks a full-time faculty member to teach in the Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs. The position would include teaching 12 semester hours of day and/or evening courses in undergraduate Early Childhood Education (PK-3rd grade) and Elementary Education (1-8th grade) within the teacher preparation program. Must effectively advise, work with and demonstrate sensitivity to the educational needs of students from diverse student populations. Must identify placements and supervise clinical experiences and/or student teachers. Must work collaboratively with colleagues to develop, evaluate, and teach education courses and develop positive reciprocal relationships with schools and agencies in the community.  Must implement key assessments and report data in program reports to maintain accreditation.  This position is a nine-month, reoccurring annual contract.


The successful candidate must have the ability to work collaborative with schools, community members, and colleagues to develop and evaluate teacher education courses.  Teach 12 semester hours of day and/or evening courses in undergraduate Early Childhood Education (PK-3rd grade) and Elementary Education (1-8th grade). Courses the selected candidate may teach include foundations of early childhood education; exceptional children; early childhood development; health, safety and nutrition; working with families and communities; educational technology; literacy; documentation and assessment; elementary methods courses, and social studies. Must effectively advise, work with and demonstrate sensitivity to the educational needs of students from diverse, urban student populations. Supervise clinical experiences and/or student teachers. Demonstrate commitment to teaching and advising, professional development, and service to the university and professional community. In addition, a successful candidate will effectively advise undergraduate students, engage in appropriate university and professional service, and pursue scholarly activity and professional development.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Maintain office hours consistent with SCU policy
  • Submit required documents and records in a timely manner
  • Develop course syllabi, goals, objectives, and expectations
  • Teach in a variety of delivery formats such as face-to-face, online, and hybrid
  • Advise students related to their enrollment and student success
  • Conduct research and scholarly publication
  • Actively contribute to university committees, department meetings, and campus activities
  • Provide constructive feedback for student work, academic and professional development, and departmental curriculum review/development;
  • Participate in professional development, including attending staff development trainings, workshops, seminars, and local, state, and national conferences
  • Develop and maintaining key relationships with affiliating institutions and agencies; and
  • Support processes that increase the representation of diversity within the student body and departmental personnel

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in Early Childhood Education or related field or ABD with completion date within 6 months or doctorate in Elementary Education or related field or ABD with completion date within 6 months.   
  • Thorough knowledge of CAEP accreditation standards.
  • Educational training in early childhood education (ECE)
  • Taught 3 years in an accredited PK-12 setting.
  • Hold or be eligible for a teaching license in a PK-12 content area

Preferred Qualifications

A highly qualified candidate will have an earned doctorate in Early Childhood or related field or Elementary Education or related field.  A minimum of three years professional teaching experience with young children in both preschool (PK-3rd) and elementary (grades 1-8) is preferred. Professional experience working with and being culturally responsive to children, families and communities across a variety of early childhood settings. Experience using developmentally appropriate curriculum to support the growth and development of the whole child. Experience collaborating with preschools, public schools, early childhood centers and agencies is ideal. A record of scholarship that demonstrates knowledge of current issues in the field of early childhood education and contributes to the field of early childhood education. Experience with teaching adults and meeting the educational needs of a diverse urban population of university students. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to develop, evaluate, and teach courses that will support the success of effective early childhood teachers.

Applicants must also be a committed Christian who honors Pentecostalism and the Wesleyan Holiness tradition and who is supportive of the educational mission of the University and its heritage.  The successful candidate will be an energetic person with the personnel management skills to contribute toward the SCU mission with sensitivity to and competence with individuals of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Southwestern Christian University reserves the right to alter this position's job description/job duties to meet the needs and goals of the institution.


Closing Date of Search

On or before November 30, 2018 or until the position is filled.


Rita Palmer

PO Box 340
Bethany, OK 73008





Salary is dependent on education and experience and based upon the established faculty salary schedule.

Application Requirements

To be considered as a candidate, the applicant must submit the following documents and information:

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae and, if available, a teaching portfolio
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (if selected for the position, official transcripts will be required)
  4. Names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references
  5. Statement of your understanding of the relationship between the integration of Christian faith and your discipline of study
  6. Brief statement of personal faith journey and church involvements


Southwestern Christian University is a Christ-centered liberal arts institution equipping students for a life of learning, leadership, and service; integrating faith, learning, and living; and empowering graduates to excel and to positively impact their world for Jesus Christ.

Accreditation and Affiliation
Southwestern Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Southwestern Christian University complies with federal and state guidelines for non-

discrimination in employment.

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