Adjunct Faculty in Special Education: Practicum Mentor

Adjunct faculty, as needed, in the School of Education


Fresno Main Campus
Visalia Center
Bakersfield Center

Start Date:

As soon as suitable candidates are discerned for each location.

Job Description:

The special education program at Fresno Pacific University offers preliminary and level two education specialist credentials in mild/moderate, moderate/severe, physical and health impairments, and early childhood special education. Additionally, the program offers added authorizations in early childhood, resource specialist and autism as well as a master’s degree in special education. The program graduates are well prepared and highly desired in the educational community in California’s Central Valley. The special education division anticipates offerings for the clear education specialist credential, adapted physical education added authorization and the emotional disturbance added authorization in fall 2014.


Mentors must have extensive, articulable experience in a range of classrooms and demonstrate a willingness to serve in a variety of educational settings as a mentor. Mentors must have demonstrated success serving in a special education setting which matches the credential held. Must be able to provide quantifiable and insightful feedback to candidates in a timely manner to support the candidate’s development as a teacher. Must be able to exhibit sensitivity to a wide variety of teaching experiences. Candidates range from seasoned teachers who are supplementing general education credentials, to beginning teachers who have not maintained a classroom of their own for a year.


  • Demonstrates professionalism in attitude and behaviors; 
  • Demonstrates effective coaching techniques; 
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and/or assistance; 
  • Ability and desire to provide outstanding coaching; 
  • Ability to work effectively under time constraints; 
  • Demonstrate an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information.



  • California special education teaching credential; 
  • Level II or clear education specialist credential from an accredited institution; 
  • Earned master’s or doctorate degree in special education or closely related field; 
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the university’s mission of Christ centered teaching and learning, and involvement in a local church. 


  • Experience in a special education classroom with students 0-22 years of age; 
  • Computer skills; 
  • Expertise in working with mild/moderate, moderate/serve, physical and health impairment, emotionally disturbed, adaptive physical education, and/or early childhood special education. 


  • Ability to work with students, staff and faculty in a college environment; 
  • Ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds; 
  • Special education program leadership;
  • Familiarity with contemporary trends and policies in special education;
  • Reliable transportation.

University Description:

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 3,700 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic ServingInstitution, with a Hispanic student population of 35 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at


Dependent on qualifications and experience.


Download and complete an application form.
Send a letter of application, a completed adjunct faculty application form (including personal statements), curriculum vita, three letters of reference (including one pastoral), and transcripts to:

  • Gary Gramenz, Ph. D.
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • School of Education, Box 2001
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
  • Fresno, CA 93702
  • Or email: