Director of Teacher Education

Job Description

Position Number:




Functional Title:

Director of Teacher Education

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

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University Authorized FTE:



EDUC-Student Services

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Program Director of Teacher Education will support the strategic vision for teacher education in partnership with the Associate Dean for Educator Preparation in the College of Education (CoE). This position will require working on campus/in person, with options for teleworking. Major responsibilities will include:
  • Develop and manage course offerings across teacher education in three CoE departments.
  • Serve as a College representative on system and statewide committees involved with teacher education, recruitment, and transfer articulation.
  • Collaborate with CoE faculty and staff, as well as with state entities (Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Association of Advanced Quality Educator Preparation, and local schools and education agencies).
  • Serve as UMD Certification Officer (with support from Student Services staff) and UMD liaison to the Maryland State Department of Education for certification and educator preparation.
  • Oversee the Office of Assessment and the edTPA Office and provide support to pre-service teacher education candidates.

The Program Director will report to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Educator Preparation and will supervise and manage the College’s full-time and part-time faculty, student, and staff members of the Assessment and edTPA Offices, including the Manager of PDS Partnerships, Assistant Director of Assessment, Coordinator of EdTPA, and Recruitment Coordinator.

Benefits Summary

Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Proven personnel supervision and team management.
  • Planning conferences and professional development.
  • 10 years as a PK-12 educator or leader in a school district.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire, and work collaboratively within and across units. internal and external to the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically plan.


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education or a research-practice social sciences discipline (e.g., human development, counseling, educational psychology).
  • Experience working with faculty in higher education.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge of research literature and assessment of student learning.
  • Knowledge of anti-racist pedagogy, and experience integrating diversity, equity, and belonging efforts in courses, programs, or institutional processes.
  • Knowledge of future trends and innovations in learning and higher education.
  • Data-driven approach to decision-making.

Additional Certifications:

Current or prior teaching certification preferred.

Additional Information:

Please submit a writing sample and/or a sample of published research.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Ability to attend meetings on and off campus, ability to communicate with constituents on and off campus.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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