The Special Education faculty are committed to providing the highest quality education to the candidates in our program. We model best practices by providing a strong, student-centered curriculum with an emphasis on ongoing formative feedback to help candidates grow.

Department Chair

Peg Hughes, Ph.D.
Sweeney Hall (SH) 204
Peg Hughes

Faculty Directory

Janel Astor | Lecturer

Laurene Beto | Lecturer

Jenna Collen | Lecturer

Andrea Golloher, PhD | Associate Professor
Twitter: @AGollher
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Alicia Henderson | Lecturer, Fieldwork Coordinator

Sudha Krishnan, EdD | Lecturer

Saili Kulkarni, PhD | Associate Professor
Twitter: @DrKoolkarni
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Jennifer Lambinicio | Lecturer

Matthew Love, PhD | Assistant Professor
Twitter: @docmlove

Jennifer Madigan, EdD | Lecturer
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Shirley Ortiz | Lecturer

Hyun-Sook Park, PhD | Professor

Vickey Perkins | Lecturer, Fieldwork Supervisor

Lisa Simpson, EdD | Associate Professor
Twitter: @LisaSimp44932943
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Everett Smith | Lecturer

Nancy Smith | Lecturer

Jay Totter | Lecturer

Fieldwork Supervisors

Laurene Beto

Shirley Ortiz

Vickey Perkins

Nancy Smith

Jay Totter

Recent Faculty Highlights

Saili KulkarniDr. Saili Kulkarni, along with students Samuel Bland and Monica Gonzalez, were highlighted in the recent Rethinking Schools publication for their Special Education Teachers of Color Collective. Read the highlight at bit.ly/3oa8gye.


Saili KulkarniDr. Saili Kulkarni published the op-ed "South Asians Are Asians Too. When Will Our Racial Reckoning Be?" in Ms. Magazine. Read the full opinion piece at bit.ly/3aBtaRh.



Becca Cruz Dr. Becca Cruz recently co-authored the journal article “Disproportionality Reduction in Exclusionary School Discipline: A Best-Evidence Synthesis” in the Review of Educational Research. Read the abstract at bit.ly/3rmb6Ru.



Dr. Saili Kulkarni presented "DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education" at our Fall 2020 Lurie College of Education Faculty Research Symposium. Watch the full recording above and watch Saili's presentation starting at 5:16.

Matt Love WebinarDr. Matt Love was asked to lead the California Council for Exceptional Children webinar “Supporting Students Learning Online”





Andrea Golloher

Dr. Andy Golloher co-published the article "Diversity Dialogues: online discussions impact on teacher candidates’ adoption of characteristics of inclusive teachers" in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education. Read the article abstract [pdf].


Faculty Observation Forms

Supervision Fieldwork Forms

Department Supervisor Forms

EDSE 217A - M/M Preliminary ST Placement

  1. University Supervisor Checklist: Intern Last Semester [pdf]
  2. University Supervisor Checklist: Traditional Student Teacher [pdf]
  3. Credential Application Checklist [pdf]
  4. Disposition Form [pdf]
  5. Directed Teaching Form [pdf]
  6. Transition Form [pdf]
  7. Student Opinion Form - Master Teacher [pdf]
  8. Student Opinion Form - Support Provider [pdf]
  9. Student Opinion Form - University Supervisor [pdf]
  10. Focus Group Questions [pdf]
  11. Rubric for Portfolio [pdf]
  12. Improvement Plan [pdf]
  13. Pacing Guide RSP Placement [pdf]
  14. Pacing Guide SDC Placement [pdf]

EDSE 154 - Mod/Severe (F/S) and ECSE (spring only)

  1. University Supervisor Checklist: Intern Last Semester [pdf]
  2. University Supervisor Checklist: Traditional Student Teacher [pdf]
  3. University Supervisor Checklist : ECSE - Student Teacher [pdf]
  4. University Supervisor Checklist : ECSE - Intern [pdf]
  5. Credential Application Checklist [pdf]
  6. Disposition Form [pdf]
  7. Directed Teaching Form [pdf]
  8. Transition Form [pdf]
  9. Student Opinion Form - Master Teacher [pdf]
  10. Student Opinion Form - Support Provider [pdf]
  11. Student Opinion Form - University Supervisor [pdf]
  12. Focus Group Questions [pdf]
  13. Rubric for Portfolio [pdf]
  14. Improvement Plan [pdf]
  15. Final Evaluation Infant/Toddler Form [pdf] - ONLY ECSE program
  16. Midterm Evaluation Form [pdf] - ONLY ECSE Program
  17. Pacing Guide RSP Placement [pdf]
  18. Pacing Guide SDC Placement [pdf]

EDSE 105 Intern Forms

  1. University Supervisor Checklist: First Semester Interns [pdf]
  2. Evaluation Form [pdf]
  3. Induction Plan [pdf]
  4. Checklist for Intern Application Packet [pdf]
  5. Collaborative Intern Program Application [pdf]
  6. IRIS Modules Instructions [pdf]
  7. Intern Agreement Form [pdf]
  8. Support Provider Application [pdf]
  9. Support Provider Job Description [pdf]
  10. Support and Supervision Record Form [pdf]
  11. Improvement Plan [pdf]