This Contract Teaching Assistant Professor of Special Education is responsible for providing leadership within the Special Education teacher education program. This person works closely with the Special Education Program Coordinator, as well as the Program-wide Adviser and Field Placement Coordinator, to ensure that administration of our teacher education and licensing programs are conducted efficiently and effectively. This is a full-time, annually renewable, 10-month, non-tenure-track position at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor. The anticipated starting date for this appointment is August 29, 2021 and the salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Teaching & Licensure Coordination (90%)
Teaching of courses: teach approximately 15 – 18 credits of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses related to special education foundations and teacher licensure.
Supervision: depending on the number of credits of course instruction, supervise 2-3 teacher candidates per semester in field experiences/practicum placements. Supervision within any given semester will include:
o Engaging in ongoing communications with the seminar instructor and cooperating teacher regarding teacher candidate’s progress and communicate concerns in a timely fashion.
o Completing at least four observations (with feedback) of the teacher candidate in each placement.
o Complete mid-term and final evaluations and share the results with the teacher candidate.
o Ensuring completion of any other assessments required by the program or college
o Grading student teaching competencies; assist with scoring in college data system.
o Providing all necessary information to the Program Advisor for the purposes of data management
Lead coordinated design and delivery of instructional pedagogy across multiple areas of special education licensure to facilitate core special education instruction as well as efforts to implement, evaluate and, as needed, revise and refine the curriculum and/or program delivery. This includes:
o Planning and leading regular meetings with the licensure team
o Developing collaborative action plans with team members to carry out needed changes to curriculum and/or program delivery across all licensure programs
Serve as a liaison between the Special Education program and the University of Minnesota CEHD Office of Teacher Education (OTE). This includes:
o Attending monthly SpEd LPL and OTE Teacher Education Director meetings.
o Regularly communicating information from OTE to other LPLs and program staff
o Coordinating with OTE for any information requests as part of on-going program and unit rules. This may involve developing systems and procedures with others if needed.
As part of the liaison work in the bullet above, serve as the Licensure Program Lead (LPL) for the Academic and Behavior Strategist teacher licensure programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Contribute to preparation for any state and national approval and/or accreditation reviews when necessary (OTE organizes TE accreditation for the college)
In collaboration with the Program Coordinator, provide oversight of the implementation of program systems associated with teacher preparation as carried out by the Program assistant, program-wide advisor, and field placement coordinator, including the following:
o Teacher education orientations and information sessions (led by Academic Advisor)
o Petitions for licensure-related coursework or policy exemptions/accommodations (Academic Advisor will prepare and Licensure Coordinator/LPL will sign off)
o Licensure application packets (led by Academic Advisor)
o Signature assessment completion across licensure areas, including program-wide dispositions (Academic Advisor can track and report)
o Receipt of and work to resolve student academic concerns and/or complaints, in collaboration with faculty and department leadership
Represent the Special Ed Program at meetings of state institutions of higher ed as convened regularly by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as well as at meetings of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) when appropriate
Attend Special Ed Program area meetings when appropriate
Attend Ed Psych department meetings
Participate in other department/college/university and community/professional service as deemed relevant and of interest.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Earned doctoral degree in special education, educational psychology, or related field
Documented completion of 18 graduate credits or published research related to the provision of special education services including specialized academic and behavioral intervention
Three or more years of experience as a teacher of record, including at least one year within a K-12 school system providing special education services with a focus on academic and behavioral intervention.
Earned teaching license in special education
Experience developing and delivering university courses; including using and fostering use of technology
Experience building and maintaining collaborative relationships with both university and non-university partners
Strong organizational and communication skills
Experience fostering anti-racist and inclusive work and learning environments
Specialized knowledge in the research and teaching of reading (e.g., graduate coursework in reading foundations and pedagogy)
Three years (including at least one year in reading) of teaching experience working with developing readers
Experience working collaboratively as part of a team
Internal Number: 340897
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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