Peggy Yates

With twenty-four years of teaching experience as a veteran, special and general education teacher, Dr. Peggy Yates, utilizes her experiences and extensive academic training to engage her students in learning. Grounded in the theoretical, pedagogical, legal, and instructional foundations of teaching students with special needs, she is experienced in creating curricular programs and collaborating with experts in the field of special education (e.g. TED Paraeducator SIG) to work toward optimizing services for students with special needs. Her current research and National presentations (CEC 2019; CEC TED 2016, 2017, 2018) encompass understanding how to engage students with special needs in learning with a paraeducator and integrating assistive technology experiences into teacher education programs.


Program Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation, Assistant Professor


Special Education

Educational Background

Dr. Yates’ credentials represent a compilation of a drive for improving special education and include: Doctor of Education (University of Michigan-Flint, 2016), Director of Special Education (Full Approval from the Michigan Department of Education), Masters in Special Education-Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders (Saginaw Valley State University, 2009), and a Masters in Middle Level Education (Central Michigan University, 1996). She holds both a Michigan Department of Education Administrator Certificate with Central Office Endorsement. She is a certified special education and general education teacher in the State of Michigan.

My career at Alma began in


Signature course(s):

EDC 150/105, EDC 255, EDC 250/205, EDC 350, EDC 450/405

Recent publications:

Yates PA. Indispensable Experiences for Preparing Teachers for the Rigors of Teaching Special Education: Perceptions from the Rural Midwestern US. Under Review.

Recent presentations:

Yates PA. Effectively Incorporating Classroom Paraeducators to Optimize Individualized Instruction. Council for Exceptional Children; 2019 January 30; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.

Yates PA. Preparing for a Culture of Data: Technology to Infuse Data and Assessment Experiences into Special Education Teacher Preparation. Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division; 2018 November 07; Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Yates PA. (2017). Preparing Preservice Special Education Teachers to Effectively Utilize Classroom Paraprofessionals: Perspectives from the Field. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, Teacher Education Division); Savanah, Georgia, United States.

Yates PA. & Store J. (2017). “Technology, Math Assessment, and Monitoring Student Progress” Making Mathematics Meaningful Through Collaboration Michigan CEC Conference; Lansing, MI.

Yates PA. (2016). Gaps in Special Education Teacher Perception: Implications for Preparing Teachers for Rural Special Education. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, Teacher Education Division); Lexington, Kentucky, United States.

Yates PA. (2015). Expanding Partnerships with Local Schools: A Framework for Teacher Preparation. Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) National Conference; Columbus, OH, United States.