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University of Colorado Denver

School of Education & Human Development


Position #611529- Requisition 13519

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver announces a full-time special education instructor position in our Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) program, for the ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Teacher Licensure Program beginning July 2018.

We seek special educators who excel in use of instructional technology, online curriculum facilitation, and instructional leadership in professional learning communities, coaching of practicing teachers, engagement in collaborative work, and a history of working with non-dominant communities.

The ASPIRE to Teach philosophical approach to alternative teacher licensure features the interplay of the following theoretical frameworks:

  • How People Learn as a way to organize thinking about the design of effective learning environments through the overlapping principles: learner centered, knowledge centered, assessment centered, and community centered.
  • CREDE's (Center for Research on Education, Diversity, & Excellence) Five Standards of Effective Pedagogy establishing ideals for best teaching practices, especially for students whose potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty.
  • Culturally Responsive Instruction, Curriculum, and Classroom Management frameworks consciously and systematically woven throughout all learning experiences promoting knowledge, skills, and dispositions of socioculturally conscious teachers.
  • Universal Design for Learning instructional design principles that give all students equitable opportunities to learn.

We are seeking a K-12 special education Alternative Licensure Instructor (ALI) who is responsible for evaluating Alternative Licensed Candidates (ALCs) for completion of work required to be eligible for Initial Teacher License in Colorado, and the continued development, implementation, and coordination of the ASPIRE to Teach curriculum.

This position requires some local travel, evening and weekend work. The job search is restricted to Colorado residents. This is not an out-of-state search.

Examples of Work Performed:
Teaching (80%)

  • Support and mentor your caseload of 24 special education candidates by:
    • Providing timely ongoing specific feedback and assess the performance on work submitted to online learning modules.
    • Providing timely ongoing specific feedback and assess the performance on work submitted to online video coaching portal
    • Meeting 1:1 with candidates biweekly via video conference
    • Tracking and report ALC module and portfolio progress.
    • Assess ALC online portfolio submissions.
  • Contribute expertise related to the ASPIRE program philosophical frameworks.
  • Design and facilitate ALCs in authentic Professional Learning Community (PLCs) experiences in person and on web-based platforms that supports their development as effective educators.
  • Foster relationships with ALC building administrators and mentors.
  • Communicate regularly with ALCs in regard to progress in the classroom and ASPIRE curriculum.

ALI Team and Collective Program Work (20%)

  • Provide ongoing support to other ALIs by offering resources and tools and sharing "best practices"
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdependent team.
  • Continue to refine and develop program curriculum content in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Ability to seek out, give and receive collegial feedback.
  • A disposition of curiosity, ability to hold multiple perspectives, and the skills to foster relationships with ALIs, ALCs, program staff, and administrators across multiple institutions.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity due to the dynamic nature of the program and work.
  • Meet weekly as an ALI team with Director to address program progress, concerns, future plans.
  • Meet as needed with the faculty and staff in the main School of Education & Human Development for collaboration and resource sharing
  • Engage in program evaluation activities


ASPIRE to Teach is an alternative licensure program for general and special educators. We partner with Teach for America Colorado, several BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) throughout the state, school districts, and charter schools providing initial teacher licensure and professional learning opportunities through our fully online learning content modules, candidate (teacher) coaching, facilitation of professional learning communities (PLC), and portfolio assessment process.

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver is a highly collaborative program that includes university faculty and P-12 educators and community members. Our mission is to prepare and inspire teacher leaders to have a profound impact in fostering student opportunity, achievement and success in urban and diverse communities. Faculty develop and maintain close partnerships with schools and other educational and community agencies situated in social and economic contexts with diverse student and community populations.

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary for this position has been established at $65,000 (1.0 FTE) and is commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

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The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.


We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in our organization's mission and who display a record of achievement. Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in education, with emphasis in special education.
  • Three or more years of current demonstrated expertise in a K-12 Colorado public school setting as a special education teacher or related personnel, preferably working with culturally and/or linguistically diverse students in urban or rural settings.
  • Experience coaching or supervising teachers in the field.
  • Other areas where experience is required include: Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, managing behavioral needs and co-teaching.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Deep knowledge regarding Special Education law in Colorado.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in online learning environments, developing and delivering professional development, and supporting and facilitating professional learning communities.
  • A strong understanding of students with specific learning disabilities, among other disability categories.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to a socially just and equitable approach to education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in culturally responsive teaching/learning and linguistically diverse education.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please prepare the following materials for submission. All applications are accepted electronically ONLY at, refer to requisition #13519. 1. A letter of application including the candidate's interests, experiences, and qualifications specifically related to the position responsibilities. 2. A current curriculum vita/resume. 3. Transcripts of graduate work. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for application. Official transcripts will be requested at point of hire. 4. Two current letters of reference who can address your qualifications for the position requirements (upon request).

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30070 - EDUC-Extended Studies

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 11, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Jessica Coon

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00611529





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Posted: 5/12/2018
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