Mary Jo Anderson

Faculty Site Coordinator - Special Education, Elementary Education, Dual Licensure
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Dr. Mary Jo Anderson is a Clinical Assistant Professor assigned to the Office of School and Community Partnerships and the Department of Special Education and Child Development in the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She works with school partners to supervise and mentor teacher candidates in their student teaching and internship semesters. Dr. Anderson is currently teaching the undergraduate Consultation and Collaboration undergraduate course, the doctoral Supervision of Student Teacher in Special Education course, and she provides edTPA seminars and support for all undergraduate candidates. Dr. Anderson’s interests are in teacher preparation – preparing excellent teachers to work with exceptional learners in K-12 schools, classroom teacher preparation related to serving children with disabilities in their classrooms, and technology usage that will allow students with disabilities equal access to information and a means to demonstrate learning.


Ed.D - Kansas State University – Special Education
M.S. – Kansas State University – Special Education
B.A – College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN. – Early Childhood Education
B.A – College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN. – Elementary Education


Classroom Management
Collaboration and Consultation
Supervision of Student Teachers in Special Education
Student Teaching/Seminar: Special Education-General Curriculum K-12
Student Teaching/Seminar: Special Education-Adapted Curriculum K-12

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

HIgh Incidence Disabilities
Teacher Preparation
Assistive and Instructional Technology
Universally Designed Instruction
Parents of School Children with Disabilties: Roles and Rights


UNC Charlotte senior survey recognition from Chancellor Philip Dubois 
Kansas Learning Disabilities Association Professional of the Year
Grant Assistantship KSU 
Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Teacher of the Year nominee 

Community Involvement

Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Board of Directors and Planning Committee
ReThinking Behavior - digital practitional magazine editorial board