• Assistant Professor, Special Education

    Posted: 06/03/2024

    Rhode Island College invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor, Special Education. This is a full-time, academic year, limited term three-year position.

    The Rhode Island College (RIC) Department of Special Education and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities invites applications for a full-time term position of Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). This position will have a shared assignment that includes half-time teaching responsibilities and half-time assignment to Rhode Island’s University Center on Developmental Disabilities (The Sherlock Center)The anticipated start date for this position is the Fall 2024 semester. Final appointment is subject to available funding.

    The graduate program in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) at RIC prepares teachers and practitioners to work with diverse individuals with disabilities from birth through Grade Two and their families. The program, 32 semester hours in length, concludes with the awarding of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from RIC and teacher certification in Early Childhood Special Education from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). Philosophically, the program promotes the themes of individualized, empirically validated programs and interventions, inclusive education, family- centeredness, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

    The M.Ed. Program in ECSE at RIC is the only Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and RIDE approved teacher preparation program in the state of Rhode Island. Additionally, its core content is totally congruent with the principles and competencies promulgated by the CEC. The individual will teach ECSE courses and coordinate the M.Ed. and CGS in ECSE programs including advising candidates and placing and supervising them in their internships. The individual will also support the Sherlock Center to perform grant funded research, implement community programs and disseminate information as it relates to supporting the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families in early childhood. Current Sherlock initiatives include early intervention training and technical assistance, inclusion of young children in educational programming, supporting children and families with dual sensory impairments and vision services.

    RIC faculty members enjoy a generous benefits/retirement package that includes a progressive salary structure with nationally competitive academic salaries. Additional salary opportunities exist outside of the ten-month academic contract.

    Required qualifications:

    • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education or Special Education with a substantive foundation in childhood disabilities
    • Documented experience in early intervention programs, inclusive preschool education and kindergarten programs (inclusive early childhood birth through grade 2)
    • Evidence of teaching excellence, and other scholarly/professional accomplishments in ECSE or related field
    Preferred qualifications:
    • A Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Early Childhood Special Education or related field
    • Collaborating and consulting with public school systems
    • Experience with inclusive family-centered programs, support, and advocacy organizations
    • Supervising interns in Early Childhood settings
    • Bilingual
    Application deadline: Open Until Filled

    Proposed starting salary: $65,264 (minimum salary for terminal degree)

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