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Program Director — Education of Exceptional Persons

Associate Professor

Education

  • B.S - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997, Special Education
  • M.S. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2000, Early Childhood Education
  • D.Ed. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006, Curriculum and Instruction

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate

EDEX 111, Introduction to Exceptional Persons
EDEX 112, Typical and Atypical Growth and Development
EDEX 300, Education of Students w/ Disabilities in Inclusive Elementary Settings
EDEX 301, Education of Students w/ Disabilities in Inclusive Secondary Settings
EDEX 231, Methods of Teaching Content Area Subjects to Persons with Disabilities
EDEX 321, Methods of Teaching Language Arts to Persons with Disabilities
EDEX 469, Education of Emotional/Behavior/Learning Disabilities/Brain Injury
EDEX 478, Education of persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and Physical/Multiple Disabilities
EDUC 421, Student Teacher Supervision

Graduate

EDEX 569, Education of Emotional/Behavior/Learning Disabilities/Brain Injury
EDEX 650, Exceptional Children and Youth
EDEX 755, Collaboration
EDEX 581, Education of persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and Physical/Multiple Disabilities

Graduate online

EDEX 581, Autism Theory and Practice

Professional Interests

Autism – curriculum development, teaching strategies, social and behavioral skill development
Inclusion – Differentiated Instruction, Co-teaching
Behavior Disorders – Positive Behavior Support
Early Childhood – Early Intervention

Migyanka’s research explores teaching children on the autism spectrum in the areas of academic content, social skills and behavior management.

Professional Certifications

Curriculum and Supervision
Early Childhood, N-3
Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • McGonigle, J.J., Migyanka, J.M., Glor-Scheib, S.J., Cramer, R., Fratangeli, J.J., Hegde, G.G., Shang, J. & Venkat, A. (2013). Development and evaluation of educational materials for pre-hospital and emergency department personnel on the care of patients with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
  • Migyanka, J. (2006). Teachers, beliefs toward inclusion of students with special needs in Regular classrooms: A school district study. Dissertation defended October 17, 2006.
  • Migyanka, J., Policastro, C. and Liu, G. (2005). Using a Think-Aloud With Diverse Students: Three Primary Grade Students Experience Chrysanthemum. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(3), 171-177.
  • Yan, W., Goubeaud, K., Migyanka, J. and Stewart, J. (2004). Providing Quality Adult Basic and Literacy Instruction in Rural Areas: A Labor Intensive Task. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Meeting the Needs of Students on the Autism Spectrum: Competencies for Teachers. IASE. Joann Migyanka and Becky Knickelbein, Alicante, Spain (July, 2009
  • Pre-service teachers and their perceptions of the inclusive classroom. 17th ETEN-2007Portugal.Daniel Paul Gray, Michele Conway, Joann Migyanka and Sondra Lettrich Seton Hill University, Greensburg, USA.
  • Meeting the Needs of Students on the Autism Spectrum: Increasing Competencies for Pre-service and In–service Teachers. Joann Migyanka and Erin Keller. Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Harrisburg, PA, November 7, 2008.
  • Special Education and Clinical 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.