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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education


Virginia Kennedy

Ph. D. in Special Education and Educational Psychology, University of Southern California, 1981
818/ 677- 2532

Specialization: Mild/Moderate Disabilities


SPED 509MM   Introduction to Assessment of Diverse Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 505MM   Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
SPED 628MM  Level II Induction
SPED 629MM  Level II Assessment of Competence

Professional Interests:
Dr. Kennedy‚Äôs research interests include teacher development, the induction and mentoring of teachers, assessment and instructional strategies for inclusive environments, and service learning.  She has been awarded university and state-level grants to study various issues in teacher education. She is currently a board member of the California Council for Teacher Education, and is active in the California Association of Professors of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.


Dr. Kennedy has been a public school teacher in general education (music) and special education, working primarily with students who have learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disabilities. Prior to teaching at CSUN, she had been a faculty member in teacher education at public and private universities. She has conducted numerous workshops in public schools and at professional conferences. She has participated in many state level policy and coordination committees, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Special Education Taskforce. At CSUN she coordinates the Education Specialist Level II program, and co-coordinates the Cadre for Intern Support Providers.