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Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education — Faculty

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University Supervisors

  • Rita Carlisle, University Supervisor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MA, Purdue University
    • BA, Purdue University

    Licenses

    • Special Education-Mild
    • Elementary Education
  • Tarol P. Clements, University Supervisor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • EdD, Union University
    • EdS, Education Specialist, Administration and Supervision, Union University
    • MA in Education, Cumberland University
    • BS in Special Education, Austin Peay University

    Licenses/Certifications

    • Special Education Teachers License K-12 Tennessee
    • Work Based Learning K-12 Tennessee
    • Professional Administrators License K-12 Tennessee
    • Superintendent License K-12 Tennessee
  • Cathy Derrick, University Supervisor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MA in Elementary Education, Ball State University
    • BA in Education, University of Evansville

    Certifications

    • Teaching, Learning Disabled, IN
    • Teaching, Seriously Emotionally Handicapped, IN
    • Teaching, General Elementary, IN
    • Indiana State Mentor Certification
  • Mary McCormack, University Supervisor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MA in Special Education, Endorsement: Learning Disabilities (K-12), Emotionally Handicapped (K-12)
    • BA in Elementary Education, Endorsement: Mildly Mentally Handicapped (K-12), Purdue University

    Life License State of Indiana

    • General Elementary K-6, 7/8 Non-Dept
    • Seriously Emotionally Handicapped K-12
    • Learning Disabled K-12
  • Madeline Sandberg, University Supervisor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • Graduate work in Special Education (Research Methods and Design, Assessment and Evaluation), Purdue University
    • MS in Special Education (Serious Emotional Handicaps), Purdue University
    • BA in Special Education (Mild Mental Handicap, Learning Disabled), Purdue University

    Licenses/Certifications

    • Director of Exceptional Needs, Indiana
    • Learning Disabled (K-12, Indiana)
    • Mildly Mentally Handicapped (K-12, Indiana)
    • Serious Emotional Handicaps (K-12, Indiana)

Professors

  • Jasmine Begeske, Assistant Professor

    begeske@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MS in Education, Indiana University Northwest
    • MFA Photography, Purdue University
    • BFA in Photography, Indiana University

    Research Interests

    • Teacher preparation
    • Development of empathy as a disposition to teach
    • Inclusion of vulnerable populations in inclusive settings

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  • Kharon Grimmet, SPEd., Program Coordinator Clinical Assistant Professor

    grimmet@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education, Indiana University
    • MS in Special Education — Severe Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Ball State University
    • BS in Elementary and Special Education, Indiana Wesleyan University

    Research Interests

    • Teacher education
    • Education policy
    • Transition
    • Quality of life of adults with intellectual disabilities

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  • Mandy Rispoli, Associate Professor

    mrispoli@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education: Autism and Developmental Disabilities, The University of Texas
    • MEd Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education, The University of Texas
    • BA in Psychology, Spanish, University of Virginia

    Research Interests

    • Functional behavior assessment and function-based intervention for challenging behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities

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  • David Sears, Clinical Associate Professor

    dsears@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Psychological Studies in Education, Stanford University
    • BA in Psychology, Reed College

    Research Interests

    • How collaboration affects transfer, the types of tasks that naturally support productive interaction, and when unique benefits of collaboration for learning can be expected

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  • Dr. Oliver Wendt, Assistant Professor

    wendto@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education and Teaching, Purdue University
    • MS in Rehabilitation Science, University of Cologne
    • MA in Special Education, AAC emphasis, University of Nebraska

    Research Interests

    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Denise K. Whitford, Assistant Professor

    dwhitford@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education — Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/Minor in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona
    • MA in Special Education (Mild/Moderate Disabilities), San Francisco State University
    • MSW in Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • BA in Psychology, University of California

    Research Interests

    • Disproportionality in school discipline

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  • Yan Ping Xin, Professor

    yxin@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education, Lehigh University
    • MAEd in Special Education, Lehigh University  
    • MA in Psychology, East China Normal University

    Research Interests

    • Mathematics problem solving with students with learning disabilities/difficulties

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Course Instructors

  • Lisa C. Bohline, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Psychology and Human Development, Indiana University
    • MA in Educational Psychology, Indiana University
    • BA in Behavioral Sciences and Sociology, University of Chicago

    Research Interests

    • Early intervention and prevention of social-emotional problems in children at-risk and children with special needs, within the emerging context of contemplative education and mindfulness-based practices
  • Heather Davis, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education, Texas A&M University
    • MA in Special Education, Texas State University
    • BA in Special Education, Angelo State University

    Research Interests

    • Behavioral modification
    • Applied behavior analysis in home, school, and clinical settings
  • Megan Elam, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • EdD in Special Education, University of Cincinnati
    • MEd in Special Education, University of Cincinnati
    • BS in Secondary Education — English/Language Arts, University of Cincinnati

    Licenses/Certifications

    • K-12 Intervention Specialist, Mild to Moderate
    • 7-12 Secondary Education/AYA, English/Language Arts
  • Melissa Grabner-Hagen, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Psychology, Indiana University
    • BA in Psychology, Indiana University

    Research Interests

    • Gamification in special needs classrooms
  • Kathleen A. Greenan, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Purdue University
    • MS in Broadcast Journalism, Syracuse University
    • BA in Telecommunication, Purdue University
  • Michelle CS Greene, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, Indiana University
    • MS in Language Education, Indiana University
    • BA in Telecommunications, Indiana University
  • Kelly Jackson, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MS in Elementary Supervision and Curriculum, Butler University
    • MA in Elementary Education, Indiana University
    • BS in Elementary Education, Ball State

    Licenses/Certifications

    • Administration (Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Mild, or Intense)
    • Elementary Education (1-6/7-8).
    • Endorsements include Kindergarten, Social Studies (K-12) and Elementary Administration
  • Jia Liu, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education, Purdue University
    • MS in Special Education, Purdue University
    • MA in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Tsinghua University, China
    • BA in English, Jilin University Changchun, China

    Licenses

    • K-12, Mild Disabilities
  • Hui-Hua Pai, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Psychology, Purdue University
    • MS in Language Education, Indiana University
    • BS in Sociology, National Chengchi University

    Research Interests

    • Meta-analysis on effects of collaboration on transfer of learning
    • The effects of reward on collaborative learning and motivation
    • Integrating video games into history learning
  • Melissa Savage, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education-Severe Disabilities, Purdue University
    • MS Special Education-Mild and Intense Interventions, Purdue University
    • BS Exercise Science, Morehead State University
  • Rachel Scalzo, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Psychology, Specialization: Behavior Management and Measurement, Baylor University
    • Master of Social Work, SUNY Stony Brook University
    • BA in Psychology, Siena College

    Certifications

    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst — Doctoral (BCBA-D)
    • Certificate #1-15-18433
    • American CPR Training — Adult, Child, & Infant C.A.R.E. CPR
    • American CPR Training — OSHA Standard First Aid & Emergency Care
  • Jill Synder, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu 

    Education

    • Master’s in Special Education, Specialty: Elementary & Middle School Administration K-12 Leadership, Western Michigan University
    • BS in Elementary Education, Western Michigan University

    Professional Memberships

    • MEMSPA — Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Assoc.
    • MASSP — Michigan Assoc. of Secondary Schools Principals Assoc.
    • MACAE — Michigan Assoc. of Community and Adult Education
    • MiAEYC — Michigan Assoc. for the Education of Young Children
  • Potheini Vaiouli, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Special Education, Indiana University
    • Master in Music Therapy, New York University
    • BA in Music Education, Aristotle University

    Licenses/Certifications

    • License in special education, 2006
    • Board Certification Music Therapy, 2009
    • Early Childhood Music Education, 2013
  • M. Wade Wingler, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MBA, Indiana State University
    • BA in Sociology, Butler University

    Professional Experience

    • Easter Seals Crossroads, Security Officer/VP of Technology and Information Systems
    • Easter Seals Crossroads, Director of Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation
  • Karen Yates, Course Instructor

    SpecialEd@purdue.edu

    Education

    • MS in Special Education, Purdue University
    • BS in Special Education — Mild Disabilities/Learning Disabled, Eastern Michigan University

    Licenses/Certifications

    • Intense Disabilities, Florida Atlantic University
    • Orthopedic Impairments, Ball State University

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