Joann M. Migyanka, D.Ed.

  • 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.