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Northwest Missouri State University


Shirley Steffens

Shirley Steffens

Email

Office

222 Brown Hall

Phone

660.562.1443
660.562.1561 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 1995

Associate Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
  • Learning Disabilities Endorsement (K-9) for Nebraska Professional Teaching Certificate, 1985
  • M.A. Education Psychology and Measurements, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983
  • B.S. Elementary Education with endorsement in EMH (Educable Mentally Handicapped), Dana College, 1977

Courses Taught

  • 62-371 Introduction to Special Education
  • 62-470 Assessment in Special Education
  • 62-471 Assessment in Special Education/Lab
  • 62-635 Techniques for Conferencing and Collaboration
  • 62-652 Psych-Ed Measurement
  • 62-699 Seminar: Selected Topics in Special Education
  • 71-101 Freshman Seminar

Academic Interests

  • Assessment in Special Education
  • Collaboration and Consultation

Scholarly Activity

  • Steffens, S., Nielson, C., Doyle, L., & Spencer, C. (Oct. 21, 2011) "Selecting your Palette: A Panel on Intelligence Tests." Presented at national Council for Diagnostic Services Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Steffens, S., Foley, N., & Farnan, S. (Nov. 10, 2011). "A Vision for Course Redesign: Introduction to Special Education." Presented at the 34th Annual Teacher Education Division - Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Steffens, S., Nielson, C., Doyle, L., & Spencer, C. (Oct. 12, 2010). "Comparisons of The Big Three Achievements Tests: WJ-III, WIAT-III, and KTEA-III." Presented at the National Council for Diagnostic Services Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Foley, N. & Steffens, S. (Nov. 8, 2010) "Addressing Continuing Teacher Shortages Through Online Teacher Preparation: Lessons Learned." Presented at the 33rd Annual Teacher Education Division - Council for Exceptional Children Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Hallock, P. & Steffens, S. (Nov. 10-14, 2009). "Responding to Response to Intervention: Preparing new Teachers for RTI." Presented at the 32nd Teacher Education Division - Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Student Group Advisement

  • Advisor for Northwest Student Council for Exceptional Children (Chapter 115)

Other Professional Experiences

  • Member, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Member, Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
  • Member, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)
  • Member, Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD)
  • Member, Teacher Education Division (TED)
  • Member, Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS) 
  • Local arrangements committee planning National Council for Exceptional Children-Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEC-CEDS) conference to be held in Kansas City, October 20-22, 2011
  • Archivist, Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEC-CEDS), 2009-present
  • Past-President of Missouri Council for Exceptional Children (MO-CEC)
  • Planning committee for Summer Learning Disabilities (MO-LD) and Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (MO-CEDS) Missouri State Conference. Held third Thursday in July.
  • March 2009, Missouri Annual Spring Conference. Conference Chair and President-Elect of Missouri Council for Exceptional Children (MO-CEC)
  • Archivist, Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEC-CEDS), 2009-present