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Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development

APD2270Y S 0131 Introduction to Special Education and Adaptive Instruction

Posted on: October 20, 2021

Closing Date: November 10, 2021


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

Minimum Requirements:

1-Candidate must be working towards a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field;

2-Expertise in the content area in special education and adaptive instruction, including how special education teachers design and implement key learning concepts in the elementary classroom;                                         

3-Experience with a wide range of assistive technologies and working with students with special needs.                                              


Preferred Candidates will have:


1-Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated expertise with related course content       

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

3-Prior experience teaching flex-mode or online courses preferred.

4-Expertise in teaching at University level                                        

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. This course includes a service-learning experiential component to enable students to make connections between theory, research, and practice and to offer them an opportunity to connect with a community or organization where they may support students with learning needs and reflect on their experience.


Campus - St. George

Salary Minimum stipend is $8,219.16 (inclusive of vacation pay) for a half (F/S) course.

Course Enrollment: 25

Dates of Appointment: Winter 2022 January to April, 2021

Number of Positions: 1

Number of Hours: Teach a minimum of 36 hours

Tutorial/Lab Schedule:

Wed. 13:30-16:30

Application Procedure For a Pool Member:

All applications must be received by November 10, 2021 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.

Applications should be sent to: APHD Chair, Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development, OISE, 252 Bloor St West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

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.

If during the application and/or selection process you require accommodation due to a disability, please contact