Sessional Lecturer - Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction

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Toronto (City), Ontario (CA)
07 Oct 2020
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23 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sessional Lecturer - APD2280Y - Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction

Course number and title:
APD2280Y Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction

Course description:
A critical analysis of current issues related to identification and programming for children with special needs. The emphasis is on using well-founded research to inform instructional practices and decision-making. This course is designed to promote reflective thinking about key topics in Special Education that educators must conceptualize from both theoretical and practical perspectives. It is intended to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable evidence-based understanding of what is involved in working with exceptional learners across a variety of settings, but primarily in an inclusive classroom situation. Focus is placed on curriculum being flexible in responding to diversity, so that teachers are guided to make appropriate accommodations and modified expectations for the various categories of exceptionality. Since characteristics of special needs and second language learners are often inter-related, ESL support will also be addressed.
Estimated TA support: none
Estimated course enrolment: 30 
Class schedule: Thu 13:30 - 16:30
Sessional dates of appointment: Winter  2021-01-01 - 2021-04-30
Appointment percentage: 100
Salary:CUPE3902 Unit 3 Salaries. The rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Minimum Qualifications:
1-Doctorate degree or equivalent in psychology, human development, special education or a related field;                      

2-Expertise in content areas in special education and adaptive instruction;     

3-Expertise in teaching at University level.                  

Preferred Qualifications:
1-Individuals with demonstrated expertise with related course content and prior graduate teaching;                                            

2-Demonstrated scholarship in the area of the course topic;        

3-Ability to collaborate with experienced teachers and community members;  

4-Proir experience teaching flex-mode courses preferred.

Description of duties:
1) Teach a minimum of 36 hours.
2) Prepare teaching resources for each class and provide relevant materials.
3) Assess and evaluate students' work and provide a final course grade according to OISE/UT grading practices.
4) Be available for informal meetings/communications with students as necessary.

There is a possibility that part or all of a course offered during Fall, Winter or Year may require online teaching and timetable adjustments, given community health considerations related to the pandemic. Successful candidates will be contacted to determine online course delivery needs. 

Application Procedure:
All applications must be received by October 23, 2020 to be considered for this position, a one-page covering letter outlining what the applicant brings to the position and an updated Curriculum Vitae. Names of referees may also be included but are not required. Applicants are asked to submit copies of course evaluations for all recent university-level courses taught, if available.
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact

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