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Dr. Sara Taylor

Assistant Professor


"My advice for online students is to intentionally schedule reading and writing time for each of your courses."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. Education – University of California, Riverside, 2019
  • M.A. Special Education, Education Specialist – Moderate/ Severe; Added Authorization Traumatic Brain Injury – Point Loma Nazarene University, 2013
  • B.A. Special Education; Multiple Subjects (K-8) credential; Education Specialist – Mild/ Moderate – Western Governor’s University, 2010

Career Highlights:

At the University of California, Riverside I taught Functional Communication and Self Advocacy, Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities, Looking in Classrooms, and Mathematical Problem Solving for Teachers.

I wrote my dissertation on The Role of Teachers and their Training in the Development of Post-Secondary Skills in Students with Learning Disabilities. This mixed method study investigated the current strategies used during the first four years of high school to address research gaps in the field of learning disabilities. Special education teachers of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) were surveyed on their training and the ways they facilitated the development of skills necessary to meet post-secondary education, employment and independent living goals.

I’m authorized in California to teach general subjects and English language learners, students with mild to moderate and moderate to severe disabilities, and students with traumatic brain injuries.

I serve on boards for the New Nodaway Humane Society, Council for Exceptional Children and UCR Alumni Scholarships.

Which online degree program(s) do you teach?

  • In what ways do you connect with online students?

    In an effort to connect with students, I offer optional weekly office hours over Zoom. I regularly post announcements in the course, send emails and provide my personal cell phone number to keep channels of communication open.

  • What advice would you give to your online students?

    My advice for online students is to intentionally schedule reading and writing time for each of your courses.

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