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Dr. Cathy Thorsen

Associate Professor
Office: 3623 Centennial Hall
Phone: 715-836-2575

Spring 2016 Office Hours:
Wednesday 12:00-2:00
Thursday 11:00-2:00


Ed.D from Concordia University Chicago
Major: Early Childhood Education

MS in Education from Illinois State University
Major: Special Education: Focus area, Moderate to Severe Disabilities

BS in Education from Illinois State University
Major: Special Education: Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities
Endorsements in Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments

Work Experience:
Concordia University Chicago 2006-2008
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Lincoln Christian College 2000-2006
Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education

Streator Elementary School District 1997-2000
Primary Special Education (Cognitive Disabilities)

Ottawa Township High School 1987-1993
Cognitive Disabilities Paraprofessional and job coach

Knox Estates 1986-1987
Group home program Aide for adults with developmental delays

Instructional Interests:
Collaboration and parental partnerships
Early Intervening (RtI) in preschool and primary grades
Systematic and Direct Instruction
Classroom environments and curriculum planning
Constructivist approaches in early childhood special education
Adaptive Behavior and enhancing communication

Program Responsibilities:
Unified Early Childhood Program Coordinator

Professional Affiliations & Offices Held:
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC Teacher Education Division
CEC Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC)

Research & Service Interests:
Response to Intervention (RtI) during the preschool years
Universal Screening and progress monitoring in general education
Disability Ministry

Hobbies & Personal Interests:
My family, cooking, sailing, watching movies, reading, and flower gardening.