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Becky KnickelbeinAssociate Professor

  • Office: Davis Hall, Room 215
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  • Office Phone: 724-357-5678


  • B.S. – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1974 - Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. –Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1984 - Educational Psychology
  • Ed.S.- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992 - School Psychology
  • Ed.D. – University of Pittsburgh, 1998 - Instruction and Learning

Teaching Areas

EDEX 111, Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
EDEX 112, Typical and Atypical Growth and Development
EDEX 493, Internship/Field Training
EDUC 242, Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience I
EDEX 301, Teaching in Inclusive Settings for Secondary Education Majors
EDEX 323, Instruction of English Language Learners with Special Needs
EDUC 342, Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience II
EDUC 421, Student Teacher Supervision


EDEX 650, Exceptional Children and Youth
EDEX 755, Professional Collaboration and Team Building for Special Educators
EDEX 752, Assessment of Persons with Disabilities
EDEX 753, Research Seminar in Special Education
EDEX 785, Practicum and Internship

Research Interests

Dr. Knickelbein’s current research explores the use of semester-long case studies in improving students understanding of the family dynamics when a child has special needs. She recently completed a study addressing the collaboration between special educators and educational audiologist now being prepared for publication. Currently Dr. Knickelbein is also conducting the program evaluation of the IUP Promise Plus program funded by the Heinz Endowment.

Professional Certifications

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (National Association of School Psychologists)
Pennsylvania Public School Teaching Certificate, K-6
Pennsylvania Private School Teaching Certificate, K-8
Educational Specialist-School Psychology K-12, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania ELL Certification
Multi-Sensory Reading Certification
Traumatic Crisis Intervention Trainer

Selected Publications

  • Knickelbein, B.A. & McCormick Richburg, C. Special educators’ perspectives on the services and benefits of educational audiologists. Communication Disorders Quarterly (in press).
  • McCormick Richburg, C. & Knickelbein, B.A. (2011). Educational audiologists: Their access, benefit, and collaborative assistance to speech-language pathologists in schools. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 42, 444-460. (doi:10.1044/0161-1461[2011/10-0011])
  • Rafoth, M. & Knickelbein, B. (2008). Best practices in preventing failure and providing alternatives to retention. Chapter in A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.) Best Practices in School Psychology. Bethesda, MD: NASP.
  • Knickelbein, B, DeGroot, H., Stroebel, S. (2007). Pennsylvania statewide Parent-Child-Home Program assessment evaluation. Indiana, PA: The Center for Educational and Program Evaluation.
  • Lyon, S., Knickelbein, B. & Wolf, P. (2005). Students with severe disabilities. In A. Piliouras & D. Morettini (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development. New York: M. E. Sharpe.
  • Glor-scheib, S., & Knickelbein, B. (2005) Critical issues in transitioning students with special needs from school to adult life: Use of e-portfolios. Proceedings of the European Teacher Education Network International Conference, Ochrid, Macedonia: February.
  • Rafoth, M. & Knickelbein, B. (2003). Assessing the quality of distance education – A review of the literature on guidelines and quality benchmarks and a proposal for an assessment instrument. Arlington, VA: Department of Defense Education Agency.
  • Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.