Andrea Golloher, PhD

Andrea Golloher

Associate Professor, Special Education

Associate Director, Early Childhood Institute

Dr. Golloher teaches courses in the Education Specialist and Master’s programs. Her research explores methods of supporting inclusive education, including the impact of teacher preparation and professional development on attitudes toward and beliefs about disability and inclusion. As Associate Director of the Early Childhood Institute (ECI), she engages in interdisciplinary research about, provides professional development to, and advocates for early childhood and the early childhood workforce.


  • Ph.D., Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education (Credential), Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Recent Publications

  • Love, M. L., Simpson, L. A., Golloher, A. N., Gadus, B., & Dorwin, J. (2020). Professional development to increase teacher capacity for the use of new technologies. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(1).
  • Golloher, A., & Love, M. (2020). Educating in a pandemic: The crisis response, creative solutions, & supporting continued innovations in Santa Clara County Schools. Disseminated to through the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Inclusion Collaborative.
  • Golloher, A. (2020). Adapted shared reading: A study of its effectiveness in inclusive preschool classrooms. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 9(2), 1-20.
  • Golloher, A. N., & Middaugh, E. (2020, July). Diversity Dialogues: Online discussions impact on teacher candidates’ adoption of characteristics of inclusive teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education.

Recent Presentations

  • Golloher, A., & Love, M. L. (2020, September). Lessons learned from the transition to remote learning. Inclusion Collaborate State Conference, San José, CA, United States.
  • Golloher, A., & Middaugh, E. (2020, April). Diversity Dialogues: Online discussions to encourage the adoption of characteristics of inclusive teachers. San Francisco, CA: American Educational Research Association. (conference cancelled)
  • Fusaro, M., Golloher, A., Slusser, E. (2020, April). Supporting the early childhood workforce: Findings from a social network analysis and training needs assessment. San Francisco, CA: American Educational Research Association. (conference cancelled)
  • Love, M. L., Golloher, A. N., & Simpson, L. A. (2020, February). Preparing general and special educators through structured collaboration: Perceptions of preservice teachers. Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon: Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Simpson, L. A., Golloher, A. N., & Love, M. L. (2020, February). Cross-disciplinary collaboration: Examining perspectives of preservice candidates. Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon: Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Golloher, A. N., & Simpson, L. A. (2019, October). Co-teaching for educational equity. Inclusion Collaborative State Conference. San Jose, CA.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • Level-Up: Multi-Investigator Team, Co-PI; Funder: San José State University Office of Research and Innovation. 2020-2021
  • Early Childhood STEM Education: Training and Ambassador Program, Co-PI; Funder: Santa Clara County Office of Education Local Planning Council. 2019-2020.

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Co-teaching
  • Early childhood
  • Inclusion
  • Intersectionality
  • Universal design for learning

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

Listen to Andrea's playlist below and access all of the personality playlists on our Lurie College of Education Spotify account