Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Curriculum Specialists

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Curriculum Specialists

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) provides an opportunity for adults with disabilities to realize an authentic university experience, from both an academic and a social perspective, over a 4-5 year period. We currently support students at the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University. Students audit classes within their chosen academic themes, while our Educational Facilitators modify the related curriculum in order to provide personalized, life-applicable learning. Throughout this process, our Educational Facilitators also liaise with professors and assist students in accessing every aspect of university life. We embrace a flexible, collaborative, dynamic, diverse working environment. We strive to be pioneers in the field of inclusive post-secondary education.

As Curriculum Modification Specialists, participating pre-service teachers will work with IPSE's Educational Facilitators to modify university curriculum based on course content and individual student needs. Participants will contribute to a more authentic, inclusive campus and enhance students' overall university experience.


Students entering their EDUC 400s or EDUC 500s in Fall 2021.


One-to-one curriculum support program to Young Adults (17+)


January to March, 2 hours per week


Online: Currently online using Zoom or similar platforms

In-person: University of Calgary main campus


What's involved

  • Participants will also attend a 2-hour orientation session in November, followed by a training session mid November (during Fall Reading Week). The orientation and training sessions will introduce participants to IPSE's philosophy and values, as well as a schedule and structure for creating course modifications and facilitating coursework sessions.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 3 weeks of shadowing with a current Facilitator and student. This is an opportunity to learn about the student, the student-Facilitator dynamic, and ask questions.
  • Pre-service teachers will be paired with a current IPSE student for the duration of their placement, and work with IPSE staff and the student to identify how best to meet the students' individualized learning needs.
  • Participants will plan and modify curriculum according to students' individual learning needs and individual course content. Participants will also facilitate coursework lessons for their partner student on an ongoing basis. Content of lessons will be determined in collaboration with the student and the Educational Facilitator they work with.
  • Participants will also collaborate with their Facilitator to determine the amount of modifications necessary for individual students, based on the student's needs, participant's ability, and the needs of the individual course.


  • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1, 2021). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.
  • Participants will be required to sign an Oath of Confidentiality during their training session with IPSE.
  • After applying, participants will participate in a brief interview with the IPSE team to determine best fit for both pre-service teacher and the IPSE program.

Werklund Dates and Times


Services Fair:  Thursday, September 8, 2022,  10 AM - 2 PM (in-person)

Applications Open: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

  • AM: 11 AM - 12 NN (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -  3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Monday, October 24, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)
  • PM:   4 PM -  5 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #2/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, December 7, 2022

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via Zoom)




Applications Open: Monday, November 28, 2022

Applications Close: Sunday, December 11, 2022

Werklund Orientation: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

  • AM: 10 AM - 11 AM  (in-person)
  • PM:   2 PM -   3 PM  (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #1: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

  • AM:  10 AM - 11 AM (in-person)

Werklund Check-In Session #2: Thursday, February 2, 2023

  • PM:  2 PM - 3 PM (via Zoom)

Werklund Check-In Session #3/Wrap-Up: Wednesday, March 15, 2023

  • PM:  5 PM - 6 PM (via zoom)

IPSE Dates

  • IPSE Interview: TBD
  • IPSE Orientation: TBD
  • IPSE Training: TBD
  • Shadowing: TBD
  • Planning and Facilitation: 2 hours/week of Facilitation, plus planning time, from December  to March
  • Specific dates and times will be set based on student/program schedules

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 30-40 hours for their service-learning experience

Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their service experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund’s service-learning program later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

Applications are now open. To start an application: 1. Log in to Elevate 2. Go to My Werklund Experiences 3. Click View on Courses/Programs 4. Click Apply on the Service-Learning program. 5. Complete and submit the application questions. Apply Here !

I liked the overall structure of the program - how it started as shadowing (because I personally learn best from observing others), and then allowed us to dive in and take over.

IPSE Participant

The other facilitators through IPSE were open to my ideas and suggestions, so I was able to do things the way I wanted to in terms of my teaching/facilitation. It also gave valuable experience in making inclusion plans and course modifications for neurodiverse learners.

IPSE Participant