This is a one-year renewable position that includes 50% instruction, 30% supervision, and 20% service. Opportunities to buy out of up to .10 FTE teaching/supervision are available and contract may be renegotiated at the end of each term. This position is intended to reflect an emphasis in content an expertise associated with work with school age youth who have ASD, DD, or both. This includes a broad range of developmental delays and disabilities, making this position also relevant to enhancing the rigor and consistency of courses that are foundational and/or core to special education. The successful candidate will have intimate knowledge of special education systems and staffing, be dedicated to excellence in teacher preparation, and prioritize student development, equity and diversity, and data-based decision making.
The individual hired will be appointed to a full time, annually renewable position as a lecturer in special education. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Instruction (50% FTE)
Teach approximately 15 credits of undergraduate or graduate level courses per academic year related to ASD, DD, and/or foundations of special education and provide field supervision.
Supervision of Practicum and/or Student Teachers (30% FTE)
Supervise approximately 8 teacher candidates per semester in practicum or student teaching sites.
Maintain ongoing communications with the seminar instructor and cooperating teacher regarding teacher candidate’s progress, and communicate concerns in a timely fashion.
Complete at least four observations (with feedback) of the teacher candidate in each placement.
Complete mid-term and final evaluations, and share the results with the teacher candidate.
Collect mid-term and final evaluations from the cooperating teacher, and ensure that the cooperating teacher shares the results with the teacher candidate).
Grade student teaching competencies; assist with scoring in college data system.
Provide all necessary information to the Program Advisor for the purposes of data management
Administrative and Service (20% FTE)
Serve as the Licensure Program Lead for the ASD and DD programs (20%), which includes the following:
Participate in spring orientation meeting for initial/additional licensure students.
Manage review and admissions decision process for initial/additional licensure students and communicate decisions to program-wide assistant.
Respond to request from advisor for consideration of licensure course substitutions.
Engage in licensure program development, content alignment with standards, and bi-annual PERCA review with submission for state approval.
Finalize and approve program narrative as guided by Program Licensure Coordinator.
Work with Field Placement Coordinator to identify field placement options/partnerships, and cooperating teachers.
Identify members of content/track specific Advisory Board and possible representatives to Program-wide Advisory Board.
Participate in annual meetings with Program and Track Advisory Board(s).
Identify three signature assessments, as named in PERCA process, and determine when these are completed within program.
Attend monthly licensure program meetings.
Attend program-wide disposition meeting each semester.
Attend and participate in Special Education program-wide meetings.
Course development as need and interest arises.
Other department/college/university and community/professional service as deemed relevant and of interest.
Ph.D. in special education
ASD or DD teaching license
At least 3 years of experience teaching students with special needs in school setting
Experience in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with both university-based research partners and community-based partners
Demonstrated expertise in teacher mentoring, coaching, and training
Excellent verbal communicator with positive attitude
Demonstrated expertise in scaffolding support and gradual release of support in pre-or in-service teacher training
Direct experience with students diagnosed with ASD and students diagnosed with DCD
Strong organizational skills
Demonstrated timeliness in responding to emails, requests for information, and meeting deadlines
Demonstrated experience working as part of a team and independently
Experience in successfully coordinating and managing staff and students
Demonstrated expertise in professional development of educators
ASD and DD teaching licenses
Internal Number: 330630
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