Secondary Education

Peggy Yates

With twenty-four years of teaching experience as a veteran, special education practitioner and a career dedicated to researching best practices in teaching students with special needs, Dr. Peggy Yates, Assistant Professor and Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation, provides Alma College with ties and connections needed to enhance the continual engagement of academia within Gratiot and surrounding counties. Dr. Yates is instrumental in orchestrating best practice in research in special education. Grounded in the theoretical, pedagogical, legal, and instructional foundation of teaching students with special needs, she is experienced in creating curricular programs, which meet the needs of diverse learners. In addition to serving as Alma College’s Director of Special Education Teacher Preparation, Dr. Yates’ role of service on campus includes coordinating and facilitating community outreach programs to improve special education teaching practices, a coordinated service which resulted from her research that identified gaps in perception of skills of special education teachers compared to what they learned during their training to become a special education teacher. Through her ongoing research to improve special education services, Dr. Yates actively provides on and off campus experiences for teachers to reinforce Alma College’s purpose of being engagers, and not just consumers of the local community. 


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.

Signature course(s):

EDC 150/105, EDC 255, EDC 250/205. EDC 091, EDC 350, EDC 355, EDC 450/405

Recent publications:

Yates PA. Indispensable experiences: Preparing preservice teachers for the rigors of teaching special education in the rural setting. Dissertation abstracts.

Recent presentations:

Recent presentations

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.