Senior Instructor, Special Education
College of Education
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
As an instructor in the Special Education Department, Laura coordinates student teaching, teaches the Self-Determination Transition class and Direct Instruction Practicum in Math, and co-teaches a Freshman Seminar.
Laura Marshall's research interest is in helping individuals, especially those with disabilities, live more self-determined lives. She has worked in the UCCS Self-Determination Projects and coordinated four federally funded grants. In these projects she has co-authored several sets of lessons:
Laura has conducted training workshops and presentations on self-determination and transition instruction and has had the opportunity to assist teachers in establishing transition programs for students with high and low incidence disabilities.
Currently she is helping coordinate the Teacher Cadet UCCS Alliance. The purpose of the project is to encourage outstanding students to enter and complete the undergraduate teacher education and special education programs at UCCS and to return to area schools to teach.
Prior to her university appointment she taught in public and private schools and adult service agencies with individuals with a variety of disabilities.
M.A., Special Education
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - 1992
B.A., Elementary Education
University of Iowa, 1976
Colorado Licensure, Elementary, Type A
Colorado Licensure, Special Education Teacher I: Moderate Needs
Colorado Licensure, Special Education Teacher II: Severe Needs Cognitive and Affective
Student teaching and internship are the culminating field experiences for the UCCS special education licensure program in which students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings with K12 students with the full range of abilities and ages required for the generalist licensure. In these experiences the students will demonstrate proficiency in the required program competencies in educational settings that utilize practices congruent with the UCCS special education program.
This course presents the transition process from school to adult life, self-determination, and the development and implementation of self-management instructional programs for students. Service delivery models, issues, and intervention approaches are examined. Emphasis is upon using self-management and learning strategies to facilitate student self-determination and successful transitions, and to show how both students and teachers can become leaders and lifetime learners. Class activities demonstrate how these concepts can be infused into general and special education curricula and instruction.
The purpose of Practicum is for students to learn effective teaching behaviors (e.g., pacing, transitions, data collection, correction procedures, organization of classroom materials, behavior management, professional disposition) that can be generalized to a variety of settings and to demonstrate proficiency in the planning, delivering, and evaluating math instruction.