Becky Knickelbein, Ed.D.

  • Becky KnickelbeinAssociate Professor

    • Office: Davis Hall, Room 215
    • E-mail:
    • 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.