​​Dr. Laura Frey

Professor, Special Education
Counseling and Special Education
EHS 355
(989) 774-3287
​Spring 2014 Office Hours:
Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Wednesday 3:30pm-6​:00pm

Educational Background:
Wayne State University, M.A. (Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution)
The University of Missouri-St. Louis, Certification in Special Education Administration.
The University of Kansas, Ph.D. (Major in Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Minor in Research and Statistics)
The University of Ka​nsas, M.A. (Emotional and Behavior Disorders)
The University of Kansas, M.A. (Certification in Learning Disabilities)
The University of Iowa, B.S.E. (Special Education, Secondary Level MR)

Courses Taught at CMU:
Undergraduate Student Advising
Graduate Student Advising
Dissertation Committee Participation
SPE 322: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Special Needs
SPE 578: Students with Emotional Impairment
SPE 579: Teaching Students with Emotional Impairment
SPE 600: Current Issues in Special Education
SPE 679: Behavioral and Curricular Interventions for Individuals with Mild Disabilities
SPE 790: Seminar: Investigations and Solutions in Special Education

Recent Publications:
2014: Results of Co-Teaching Instruction to Special Education Teacher Candidates in Tanzania, The Journal of the International Association of Special Education

2014: Perspectives on Inclusive Practices, Teacher Skills and Educating Students with
Disabilities in Tanzania, Global Education Review

2013: Special educators in Tanzania: Project results on acquired skills to differentiate instruction. Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Special Education, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2012: The American dream: Will it become impossible in Michigan? NEA Higher Education Advocate, 30(1), 7.

Recent Presentations:
2013: Integrating the Concepts of Basic Needs and Applied Behavior Analysis to Understand Student Behavior. William Glasser Institute, US Summer Conference, Buffalo, NY.

2013: Special Educators in Tanzania: Project Results on Acquired Skills to Differentiate Instruction. International Conference of Special Education: Thirteenth Biennial Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

2013: How “Function” Impacts Students Along a Continuum of classroom Behavior. Ohio CCBD 2013 Summer Behavior Institute, Judith Herb College of Education, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH..

2013: Proactive Strategies for Classroom Behavior Management to Maximize Student Success. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching 2013, Bethesda, MD.

2013:  Person First Language. 8th Annual Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow Conference, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI.

Research Interests:
•Program and curriculum design
•Program assessment and evaluation
•Special education law, Teaching theory to practice
•Students with emotional and behavior challenges
•Mentoring higher education faculty; Workers’ rights
•Conflict resolution and peace-keeping
•Community mediation; Reality Therapy and Choice Theory
•Service learning and community engagement
•Leadership development and mentoring
•Self-Empowerment: Life foundation of self-reflection, insight, and life-long learning.

Service​ Interests:
Professional Education Assessment Committee, Chair
Academic Senate, CSE Senator
CMU Faculty Association Board of Directors
CMU Faculty Association Bargaining Team Co-Chair
Women’ Studies Governance Council
CEHS Faculty Mentoring Taskforce, Co-Chair
CSE Department Assessment Committee
CEHS student dissertation committee member
CEHS Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow Conference
CMU Smoke-Free Campus Work Group
CMU Inter Group Dialogue (IGD)
Guest Lecturer – i.e., BR 310: Overview of Mediation
CSE Search Committee Chair and participation

Best part of CSE​:
Faculty and Staff Commitment to Students

Favorite quote:
“Knowledge begins with the awareness of knowing little. And knowing that they know little, people are prepared to know more” (p. 119).


“Education is communication and dialogue. It is not the transference of knowledge but the encounter of subjects in dialogue in search of the significance of the object of thinking and knowing” (pp. 139-140). 
Freire, P.(1973). Education for critical consciousness. New York, NY: The Continuum
Publishing Co. 

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