Special Education

The Special Education area concerns the habilitation and education of students with exceptionalities, such as students with visual impairments, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The program also includes a focus on gifted and talented students. 


Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Butler, Deborah special education, learning disabilities, inclusive educational practices, intervention research for students with learning disabilities, Collaboration and co-regulation in teachers' professional learning, collaborative professional development models, learning disabilities in adolescence and adulhood, mathematics, metagocnition and self-regulated learning, research methods in educaiton, strategic performanc ein reading, writing
Cannon, Joanna Special Education and Social Adaptation; Teacher Education; Educational Approaches; Speech and Language Development Disorders; Language Acquisition and Development; Cognition and Language; Literacy Training; Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs
Ervin, Ruth Systems Change, Prevention and Intervention Strategies in Special Education
Holbrook, Cay special education, Special education, education of students with visual impairments, instruction in Braille reading and writing
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Education of deaf and hard of hearing students
Katz, Jennifer Inclusive Education; The Three-Block Model of UDL; Universal design for learning (UDL)
Knight, Vicki Floyd Applied Behaviour Analysis; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Developmental Disabilities; Single-Case Research; Academic Interventions; Instructional Strategies
Lo, Owen Gifted Education, High Ability, Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning, Multiculturalism, Problem Solving, Qualitative Research, Research Methodologies, Sociocultural Approaches to Learning and Teaching
Lucyshyn, Joseph Applied Behaviour Analysis, Behaviour Disorders, Behavioural Family Intervention, Positive Behaviour Support, Single-Subject Research
McKee, William Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents; Behavioral Problems; Learning Disorders in Children; Teaching and Learning Systems; Educational Counselling; Program Management (Education); Autism; Mental Health and Psychopathology in Children and Youth; School-Based Mental Health; Children and Youth with Special Needs
Mercer, Sterett Special education and disability; Educational psychology; curriculum-based measurement; academic intervention; written expression
Mirenda, Pat autism; developmental disability (mental retardation, etc.); positive behaviour support; augmentative communication (communication technology for people who are unable to speak), Autism, communication and behaviour challenges, developmental disabilities, augmentative and alternative communicaiton, positive behaviour support, inclusive education, literacy development
Perry, Nancy motivation and self-regulated learning in young children; social perspectives on teaching and learning, reading and writing; accommodating individual difference in general education classrooms; learning disabilities; special education, Metacognition, motivation, and self-regulated learning in elementary school children Social perspectives on teaching and learning, including social cognitive and sociocultural theories, Teacher development, Individual differences, Learning disabilities
Zebehazy, Kim Assessment, Instructional Strategies, Problem Solving, Visual Impairment