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University of Colorado Denver
  • Position Number: 4699370
  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Position Type: Education - Teacher Education - Elementary

Alternative Licensure Instructor, Special Education

University of Colorado Denver

Alternative Licensure Instructor, Special Education - 31504 Faculty Description

University of Colorado Denver
Alternative Licensure Instructor, Special Education
ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Teacher Licensure Program
School of Education and Human Development
Location: UCD Downtown Campus in Denver
1.0 FTE, 12-month Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Position # 681155 - Requisition #31504

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver announces a full-time teacher educator position in our continuing and professional education (CPE) program, for the ASPIRE to Teach Alternative Teacher Licensure Program.

We are specifically looking for educators with at least five years' demonstrated expertise in a public K-12 setting as a special education teacher or related personnel. This individual will be knowledgeable regarding Special Education law in Colorado and have a strong understanding of students with specific learning disabilities, among other disability categories. Other areas where experience is required include Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, managing behavioral needs and co-teaching. In addition to a candidate experienced in case management and teaching, we are seeking an educator with expertise in the content of teacher education and learning; someone with pedagogical, instructional, and coaching expertise in special education. The person would serve as a pedagogical and instructional coach, mentor, learning guide, and professional learning facilitator for special education alternative licensure candidates. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in adult learning, the use of instructional technologies for remote learning, online curriculum facilitation, 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 sociocultural conscious teachers.
Universal Design for Learning instructional design principles that give all students equitable opportunities to learn.
High Leverage Practices, the fundamentals of teaching

This role also includes the responsibility for evaluating Alternative Licensed Candidates (ALCs) who are Teachers of Record in a Colorado school for completion of work required to be eligible for Initial Teacher License in Colorado. In this role you are responsible for the continued development, implementation, and coordination of the ASPIRE to Teach curriculum and program. Demonstrated expertise in pedagogy and instruction, as well as documented experience as a teacher developer at the K-12 or higher education level is required. The position is located in the Denver-metro area. Job responsibilities also include some evening and weekend work.


Teaching (80%)
Support and mentor your caseload of special education candidates by:
Providing timely ongoing specific feedback and assessing 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 monthly via video conference
Tracking and reporting candidate program and teacher development progress
Contribute expertise related to the ASPIRE program philosophical frameworks.
Design and facilitate candidate learning in authentic remote Professional Learning Community (PLCs) that supports their development as effective educators.
Communicate regularly with candidates regarding progress in the classroom and ASPIRE program.

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 on an interdependent team.
Contribute to program and curriculum development in collaboration with colleagues
Take on different program leadership roles, as needed.
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.
Participate in various ASPIRE team meeting structures.
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

Additional Context:
ASPIRE to Teach is an alternative licensure program for general and special educators. We partner with Teach for America Colorado, school districts, charter schools, facility schools, and independent schools throughout the state, 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 teacher development 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.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervision Received:
This position will report to the Director of Alternative Licensure.

Denver-metro area (this is not a remote position)

Why Join Us:
The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver is a statewide and national leader for educational quality, access and equity across the education lifespan, birth through higher education. Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare and inspire education and human development leaders to have profound impacts in fostering student opportunity, achievement and success in diverse communities throughout Colorado. We believe that all students deserve access to an excellent education; that all communities deserve well-supported high-quality schools; and all individuals and families deserve access to mental and community health resources that support their well-being. Our academic programs, our world-class faculty and our curriculum reflect this philosophy of inclusion and social justice. Through innovative research and partnerships, we strive to be passionate agents of change, inspiring upcoming generations to learn from the past and shape the future. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion works toward a more just and compassionate world. Our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion approach is described here:

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree in education in special education or related field.
3 or more years of demonstrated expertise as a special education teacher

Preferred Qualifications:
We are seeking candidates who believe deeply in our organization's mission and who display a record of achievement. Successful candidates will also demonstrate:
Demonstrated expertise in a teacher education/development role in higher education or K-12 education, including coaching teachers in the field.
Five or more years in a K-12 school setting as a special education teacher, preferably working with culturally and/or linguistically diverse students in urban or rural settings.
Familiarity with Colorado curriculum standards and Teacher Quality Standards.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal alternative license policy.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in remote learning environments, developing and delivering instruction, and supporting and facilitating professional learning communities.
Demonstrated pedagogical and instructional expertise in a special education K-12 setting
Demonstrated commitment to a socially just and equitable approach to education.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in culturally responsive teaching/learning and linguistically diverse education.

Desired Competencies and Traits:
Self-directed, work independently, take initiative with or without the help of others
Strong empathetic, Interpersonal, and relationship building skills
Knowledge and experience related to adult learning theory
Excellent communication skills, both written and in virtual spaces
Ability to efficiently allocate your time and cognitive resources to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing tasks
Tolerance for ambiguity
Ability to be flexible and nimble with work responsibilities
Commitment to fostering strong relationships primarily through technology mediums
Disposition to be a contributor and collaborator on teams of a variety of sizes
A disposition of curiosity, ability to hold multiple perspectives, and the skills to foster relationships with other team members, candidates, program staff, and administrators across multiple institutions

Salary and Benefits:
The starting salary for this position has been established at $68,500 at 1.0 FTE.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training. The salary represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. Total compensation goes beyond the number on a paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions.
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The continuance of this appointment will be based on merit/performance, and availability of funding

Diversity and Equity:
The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The School of Education & Human Development's diversity statement is available here:

ADA Statement:
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

Background Check Statement:
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.

Tentative Search Timeline:
Priority will be given to applications submitted by October 30, 2023. However, this posting will remain open until filled.
Potential dates for interviews with the search committee and appointing authority are around the week of November 6, 2023.
A potential employee start date is December 1, 2023.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Application Materials:
For full consideration, please visit and attach the following documents:
A letter of application including the candidate's interests, experiences, and qualifications specifically related to the position responsibilities.
A current curriculum vita/resume.
Transcripts of graduate work. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for application. Official transcripts will be requested at point of hire.
Two current letters of reference who can address your qualifications for the position requirements.
Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Jennifer Fox,

Questions about the application process should be directed to: SEHD HR,

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s) Job Category
: Faculty Primary Location
: Denver Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 30063 - SEHD CCEL Schedule
: Full-time Posting Date
: Oct 16, 2023 Unposting Date
: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Jennifer Fox Posting Contact Email: Position Number: 00681155

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