Professor of Special Education
Hagedorn Hall 160
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DegreesEDD, 1992, St Johns Univ Jamaica; MS, 1967, CUNY Hunter Coll; BA, 1964, CUNY Brooklyn Coll
Dr. Diane Schwartz is the Director of the Early Childhood Special Education masters degree programs in the Department of Counseling, Research, Special Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Schwartz came to Hofstra in the fall of 1994 after a long and distinguished career as a teacher in the field of special education and early childhood special education, including work with the New York City Board of Education and United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island. She was a founder of the New Interdisciplinary School in Suffolk County, a program for children birth through five with disabilities and their families.
More recently Dr. Schwartz has been instrumental in developing teacher preparation programs for inclusive education. For the past five years she has served on the New York State Higher Education Task Force for Quality Inclusive Schooling and has written a text "Diverse populations of gifted children: Meeting their needs in the regular classroom and beyond". Her most recent text, "Including children with special needs: A handbook for educators and parents" was published in 2005.
Dr. Schwartz continues to be actively involved in the education of young children with disabilities and is Past President of the New York State Division for Early Childhood for the Council of Exceptional Children.
Teaching Interestsearly childhood special education universal design for learning cultural competence family systems
Research Interestsearly intervention uiversal design for learning response to intervention
Recent Courses Taught
|CT 604||DISSERTATION ADVISEMENT||Graduate|
|SPED 207||INTRO YOUNG CHILD W/DISABLTS||Graduate|
|SPED 210||CREATIVE ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUC||Graduate|
|SPED 219C||SUPERVISED TEACHING||Graduate|
|SPED 219G||STUDENT TCHG INCLUSIVE/GEN ED||Graduate|
|SPED 219S||STU TCHG SELF-CONTAINED SPED||Graduate|
|SPED 286A||INTERNSHIP CERTIF PRACTICUM||Graduate|
|SPED 295||PRACTICUM IN SPCL EDUCATION||Graduate|
|SPED 310||CRTL ISSUES SPED ACROSS LIFE||Graduate|