Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Literacy Tutors

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Literacy Tutors

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 Literacy Tutors, participating pre-service teachers will work with IPSE's Educational Facilitators to provide individualized literacy tutoring to students between October and March. Participants will create, plan, and lead literacy-based lessons, supporting IPSE's mission and enhancing students' university experience.


Students currently taking their EDUC 400 or 500 courses


Participants will create and deliver literacy-based lessons for the student they are paired with on an ongoing basis.


1 hour/week from November to March. Specific dates and times will be set based on student/program schedules


Online: Currently online using Zoom or similar platforms

In-person: University of Calgary campus

Literacy Tutor Logistics

Additional Information

  • One-to-one adult literacy program
  • Age of Participants: Young Adults (17+)
  • Program Locations: University of Calgary main campus
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in a 30-minute Werklund orientation session in early  October to get more information about the service-learning program and related logistics.
  • Participants will also attend a 2-hour orientation session in November, followed by a training session mid-November. The orientation and training sessions will introduce participants to IPSE's philosophy and values, as well as a schedule and structure for facilitating literacy sessions.
  • 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 create and deliver literacy-based lessons for the student they are paired with on an ongoing basis. Content of lessons will be determined in collaboration with the student and the Educational Facilitator they work with.


  • 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 bit 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 and Times

  • IPSE Interview: TBD
  • IPSE Orientation: TBD
  • IPSE Training: TBD
  • Literacy Lessons: 1 hour/week from November to March

Specific dates and times will be based on student/program schedules.

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 25 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 closed. Please check back for more updates.