Sharon McGarvey Lecturer in Education


Specialist - School Psychology, M.A., University of Wisconsin-Superior
B.A., Taylor University


After graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Sharon McGarvey earned a Master of Science degree in education and certification as a school psychologist from the University of Wisconsin. Since then, she has served as a school psychologist for school systems in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa. She has taught courses in education and psychology for Northwestern College since 1990.

EDU235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities

An overview of mild/moderate disabilities including historical and theoretical perspectives. Designed for students seeking reading, unified early childhood and special education endorsements. Prerequisite: EDU206. (3 credits)

EDU300 - Characteristics of Young Children with Diverse Needs

The purpose of this course is to assist the pre-service teacher in acquiring information and developing skills in regard to working with the young child (ages 0-8) who has special needs. This course will examine normal and atypical patterns and sequences of development in infants and toddlers in the cognitive, language, motor, social, emotional, behavioral and sensory domains. Normal and atypical etiology will be examined. Developmental delays will be examined through various assessment methods. Early identification techniques, interventions and service delivery models will be examined. The medically fragile child as well as the child with multiple disabilities will be discussed in regard to assessment, interventions and service delivery models.Note: This course includes 25 hours of field experience. Prerequisites: EDU102 and 206. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)

EDU318 - Diagnostic Assessment, Teaching and Evaluation of Special Education Students

A study in the purposes, procedures and issues related to screening, testing and evaluation of special needs students. The course will include a study of diagnostic instruments used by the profession. Prerequisite: EDU206. (3 credits; alternate years, consult department)

School psychologist/special education strategist, Northwestern Area Education Agency, Sioux City, IA

School psychologist, Clermont County Board of Education, Cincinnati, OH

School psychologist, Sioux Center Community Schools and Sioux Center Christian School, Sioux Center, IA

School psychologist, Lewis Cass Intermediate School District, Cassopolis, MI

School psychologist, School District of Ashland, WI