Job Details

3 Year Position in Special Education

Pending grant approval, the Berea College Department of Education Studies (EDS) invites applications for a three-year position in Special Education at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2023. The EDS Department offers elementary education certification, and this position is intended to augment this area of concentration, expand EDS students’ understanding of students with exceptionalities, and increase their preparedness to teach in the general education and special education classroom setting.  Expertise in areas such as high incidence disabilities, high-leverage practices, learning disabilities, emotional and behavior disorders, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), assessment, curricular and instructional support in inclusive settings, and/or early intervention is preferred.

The ideal candidate will have:

1. Earned doctorate in special education or related field.
2. Five or more years of experience as a credentialed special education Pre-K -5 teacher.
3. Experience and knowledge writing IEPs.
4. Evidence of teaching and research excellence at the undergraduate level.

Preferred qualifications include:

1. Kentucky Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential with teaching experience in that area
2. Background in ABA theory and/or autism spectrum disorders.
3. Knowledge of CEEDAR Center.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a teaching and scholarship philosophy statement, CV, three letters of reference, and official transcripts.  A review of applications will commence January 5, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $178,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the Southeast; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. Berea College is ranked #148 by The Princeton Review – the highest-ranked Kentucky college, and the #3 “Best Value College” in the nation. Berea is one of only two private institutions ranked in the Top 10 for Value in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings. The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #13 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, recognizing Berea for maintaining “consistently high rankings thanks to their economic diversity, relatively strong graduation rates, and commitment to meeting students’ financial need.” U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #30 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, including ranking Berea #1 in Service Learning, #2 for Most Innovative Schools, #3 in Co-ops/Internships, #4 in First-year Experiences, and tied for #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.