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Adjunct Faculty in Teacher Education: University Mentoring

Start date: Each semester


The Division of Teacher Education at Fresno Pacific University offers the Multiple Subjects and Single Subject credential programs, accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and the Master of Arts in Teaching. The credential programs are offered at the university’s main campus in Fresno and at regional campuses in Merced, Bakersfield, and Visalia. The Division of Teacher Education is committed to providing candidates a strong foundation in educational theory and pedagogical skills in the context of the Christian faith.  Candidates’ field experiences as either student teachers or independent teachers within K-12 schools are also an integral part of the credential programs. The programs maintain a strong reputation within the educational community of the Central Valley as graduates are known for their excellent preparation to teach and serve in the diverse schools. 


Mentors are:

  • Experienced educators who serve multiple roles in support of credential candidates and the credential programs.
  • Coaches who communicate regularly with candidates, observe candidates in teaching placement, and provide feedback to candidates as they develop their teaching practice.
  • Assessors who:
    • maintain ongoing conversation with university and school site personnel regarding candidate performance;
    • evaluate candidate performance; and
    • document candidate achievement of program requirements.
  • Advocates who provide support and facilitate conversation as needed for the candidate within the program and at the placement school site.

Mentors attend monthly meetings at their designated campus. These meetings are designed to provide opportunities to build community among mentors and to provide updated in-services designed to inform and support mentors so they will be successful at working with their teacher candidates. 



  • Earned master’s or terminal degree in education or closely related field;
  • California teaching credential including certification to teach English Language Learners;
  • Successful K-12 teaching experience;
  • Commitment to the Christian faith and the University’s mission of Christ-centered teaching and learning and involvement in a local church.


  • Terminal degree;
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards and current policies in education;
  • Successful experience coaching teachers or providing professional development. 


Dependent on qualifications and experience.


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:

School of Education Dean's Office
1717 S. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702
or email

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University description

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley. FPU connects every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. FPU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation to more than 3,500 traditional and adult students on the main campus in southeast Fresno and regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, and is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 47 percent. FPU 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. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 13 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. 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 Idea here.

Reserving its rights as a religious institution, Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age or disability, or other classes protected by applicable law. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you should contact FPU’s Human Resources Department at As a religious institution, the University will administer the equal opportunity employment policy consistent with the Fresno Pacific University statement of faith, the FPU Idea and the University’s governance by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.