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Sessional Instructors, Undergraduate Programs in Education, Winter 2025 EDUCs

Job ID: 31689
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 09, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Werklund School of Education, Undergraduate Programs, at the University of Calgary invites applications for term certain Sessional Instructor positions for Winter 2025

Winter 2025

Position Requirements

  • A completed doctorate in education, but professionals with a master's degree will also be considered
  • Five years of successful teaching experience at the elementary/secondary level preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school and community members
  • Demonstrated history of ongoing professional development
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of creativity and flexibility
  • Recent experience as a partner teacher or school liaison preferred 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the undergraduate program in Education and commitment to inquiry-based teaching and learning will also be considered assets for these positions

New applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three written letters of reference addressed to Dr. Amy Burns, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs in Education

Returning applicants should submit the following:

  • Updated CV
  • Most recent term of employment and course(s) taught

Winter 2025 Courses of Instruction

EDUC 213: How Children Learn to Write [Web-Based]

Examines how young children learn to write through their world of daily experiences.

EDUC 215: Supporting Children’s Writing [Web-Based]

Students will explore strategies for promoting writing development through integrated experiential learning opportunities.

EDUC 311: Language and Literacy, Learning in the Classroom [In-Person]

An introduction to perspectives on the way children and adolescents become "literate", examining language and literacy from a development perspective and children's literature from a genre perspective.

EDUC 445: Individual Learning: Theories and Applications [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Covers contemporary theories regarding the nature of individual learning. Students will examine the ways educators guide and support learning, design effective learning experiences, and understand underpinning factors related to individual learning. The application of these theories will be examined using examples that demonstrate and exemplify individual learning.

Note: EDUC 445 lectures and labs are routed by Early Childhood Education/Elementary teachables, Secondary teachables, or Community-Based K-12 teachables. EDUC 445 is taught via plenaries and labs. 

EDUC 450: Diversity in Learning [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Includes key topics in diversity education from a critical social justice perspective. This course aims to foster equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environments that are accessible to all and free from discrimination. Students will consider the multiple and contested ways in which diversity in learning has been conceived, implemented and evaluated in schools.

EDUC 456: Assessment [In-Person]

Includes key topics related to assessment to help students develop professional competencies in relation to the philosophy, theory and pedagogical application of assessment practices for K-12 education.

Note: EDUC 456 sections are routed by Early Childhood Education/Elementary teachables or Secondary teachables. 

EDUC 460: Specialization I [In-Person]

Introduction on enacting pedagogy in each of the teachable subject areas in the program and pedagogical content knowledge in each area. Includes disciplinary ways of knowing, doing and being; understanding the Alberta Programs of Study; short-term design of learning for deep understanding of learners.

Note: EDUC 460 is a decimalized course, divided by teachable subject area. Summer 2024 courses include:

  • EDUC 460.02: Elementary English Language Learners
  • EDUC 460.06: Elementary Inclusive Education
  • EDUC 460.09: Elementary Science
  • EDUC 460.10 combined with 460.18: Elementary and Secondary Second Languages
  • EDUC 460.11 combined with 460.25: Elementary Social Studies and Revitalization of Indigenous Languages
  • EDUC 460.17: Secondary Science
  • EDUC 460.19: Secondary Social Studies

EDUC 465: Field Experience II [Practicum – Calgary and Area Placements]

This block field experience will have major focus on the complexities of individual learning. Prospective teachers will have the opportunity to follow individual students through various classrooms within their assigned schools under the guidance of their university field instructors and partner school leadership teams.

Note: Instructors interested in EDUC 465 Out of Area practicum placements will apply under a separate sessional posting.

EDUC 551: Comprehensive School Health and Wellness [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

A healthy school community supports the wellness of all its members and healthy students make better learners. Within the broader evidence-based comprehensive school health framework, this course provides the theoretical foundations, research base, community resources, and experiential learning to create the capacity for future teachers to be health champions.

Note: EDUC 551 is taught through plenaries and labs. 

EDUC 556: Professional Development and Life-Long Learning [In-Person and Web-Based Sections]

Acts as a capstone course, enabling integration of theoretical understandings and field experiences. Students will be introduced to an iterative, knowledge building cycle that considers how student need informs teacher professional learning, builds teacher knowledge and skill and improves student outcomes. Participation in this cycle will strengthen understanding of the adaptive expertise needed to deepen teaching competence.

EDUC 560: Field Experience IV [Practicum – Calgary and Area Placements]

Students will deepen their engagement in the role of teacher in a school setting under the guidance of a partner teacher, university field experience instructor and the school leadership team.

Note: Instructors interested in EDUC 560 Out of Area practicum placements will apply under a separate sessional posting.

Typically, instructors who teach EDUC 560 must also teach EDUC 540: Field Experience III in the Fall term. Please refer to our Fall sessional posting. 

EDUC 563: Complex Classrooms [Web-Based]

Students will examine, both theoretically and pedagogically, the development of an inclusive classroom environment and the complexities that exist in K-12 classrooms.

EDUC 564: The First Year Teacher [Web-Based]

Students are provided with the opportunity to examine and consider the navigation of the common challenges and successes associated with the first year of teaching in the K-12 school system.

EDUC 565: Child Development from K-12 [Web-Based]

An examination of the science of child and youth development from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and brain development that accounts for the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across K-12.

The term runs from: January 6th to April 30th. Visit the academic Calendar for all term dates. 

Further course details can be found via the Calendar, by filtering Subject code by ‘EDUC’. 

Please submit your application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents.

While we accept all applications for this vacancy, we may have candidates with the right of first refusal as per Article 23.12.1 of the University of Calgary Faculty Association Collective Agreement. The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B.  Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.

Application deadline: May 30, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting application packages. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Werklund School of Education, click here.

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