Dr. Theresa Pedersen Assistant Professor of Education


Ed.D., Liberty University
M.A., Rockford College
B.A., Loyola University of Chicago

VPH 200H

Dr. Theresa Pedersen is an experienced public school teacher and administrator who teaches graduate education courses. After earning a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in special education, she was a special education, English, and inclusion teacher for schools in Illinois and Florida. She also served two years as the principal of First Coast K-12 School in Jacksonville, Florida. She also taught at Northern Illinois University, where she was the instructor of the year in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Pedersen served as a full-time faculty member for Northwestern's undergraduate and graduate education departments before transitioning to an adjunct instructor.

Pedersen has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Loyola University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in special education from Rockford College in Illinois, and Education Specialist and Doctor of Education degrees from Liberty University in Virginia.

Purposeful Co-Teaching: Real Cases and Effective Strategies, Conderman, G., Bresnahan, V., & Pedersen, T. (2009). Corwin Press.

Pedersen, T. (2017) "Let Their Voices Be Heard: Self-Determination and Elementary Student Participation in the Individual Education Plan," NASET Special Educator E-journal, 2017.

Conderman, G., & Pedersen, T. (2010) "Preparing Students with Mild Disabilities for Taking State and District Tests," Intervention in School and Clinic, 45(4), 232-241.

Conderman, G., & Pedersen, T. (2007). "Twenty Ways to Avoid the Tutoring Trap," Intervention in School and Clinic, 43(4), 85-89.

Conderman, G., & Pedersen, T. (2006). "Supporting Student Teachers," NASSP Bulletin, 90(4), 1-8.

Special Education Teacher-Leader and Continuous School Improvement Coordinator/Professional Learning, Netzaberg Elementary School, 2014-2020

Principal, First Coast K-12 School, Jacksonville, FL, 2012-14

8th Grade Inclusion Teacher, Charles E. Bennett Elementary School, Clay County, Florida, 2011-12

Sure-Start Teacher/Substitute, John O. Arun Elementary School, 2009-10

7th Grade English Teacher, Eisenhower Middle School, Rockford, Illinois, 2007-09

Instructor/Special and Early Education, Northern Illinois University, 2004-07

Instructor/Adult Developmental Education and Reading, Rock Valley College, 2001-05

5th/8th Grade Special Education Teacher, Harvard Junior High School, Harvard, Illinois, 1999-2002

Teacher of the Year Finalist, Department of Defense Education Activity Europe East, 2017-18

Instructor of the Year, Department of Teaching and Learning, Northern Illinois University, 2006

Student Teacher of the Year, Master of Arts in Teaching program, Rockford College, 1999