Heather Allcock

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:



Harkins Hall 315


Ph.D. - Special Education University of Maryland

Brief Biography

Dr. Heather Allcock is an Assistant Professor of education. Dr. Allcock has been teaching at the collegiate level since 2000. Dr. Allcock’s research experience includes using quantitative, qualitative and single case research. She has presented nationally numerous times for TASH, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Teacher Education Division of CEC and recently was invited to speak to policy makers on Capitol Hill about research needed to further access of the general education curriculum for students with significant disabilities. She is an active member of TASH’s Inclusive Education committee and has been an invited expert for the National Council on Disability.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Inclusive education, designing inclusive experiences for students with autism spectrum disabilities and students with complex needs, development of classroom management skills in pre-service teachers and newly inducted teachers; teacher preparation for inclusive education, using multi-tiered systems of support to transform school practices, alternate assessment practices for students with developmental disabilities

Awards and Honors:

2016 Summer Scholar Award School of Professional Studies

2014 Summer Scholar Award School of Professional Studies

Selected Publications:

Ruppar, A. Allcock, H. Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (2017) Ecological Factors Affecting Access to General Education Content and Contexts for Students With Significant Disabilities. Remedial and Special Education.(38), pp 53-63.

Morningstar, M. Allcock, H. White, J. Taub, D. Kurth, J. Gonsier-Gerdin, J. Sauer, J. Jorgensen, C. , . (2016) Inclusive Education National Research Advocacy Agenda: A Call to Action. Research and Practice in Severe Disabilities.(41), 209-215.

Morningstar, M. Allcock, H. Ryndak, D. (2015) In Julia White (Ed.), Preparing Students with Significant Disabilities to Transition to College and Career. (41 (2)), Washington, D.C. : TASH. org

Ryndak, D. Taub, D. Jorgensen, C. Gonsier-Gerdin, J. Arndt, K. Sauer, J. Ruppar, A. Morningstar, M. Allcock, H. (2014) Policy and the Impact on Placement, Involvement, and Progress in General Education Critical Issues That Require Rectification. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.(39), 65–74.

Selected Presentations:

Kurth, J. Morningstar, M. Allcock, H. Ruppar, A. Wilt, C. American Asssociation for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. AAIDD, Hartford, CT - "Teacher Agency for Inclusive Education" June, 2017

Kurth, J. Allcock, H. Morningstar, M. TASH National Conference. The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities, St. Louis, MO - "Transforming Teacher Education Courses To Support Inclusion Specialists: Evaluating Effectiveness" December, 2016

Gonsier-Gerdin, J. Allcock, H. Ruppar, A. TASH National Conference. The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities, St. Louis, MO - "Access to General Education Content and Context for Students with SIgnificant Disabilities" November, 2016

Allcock, H. Morningstar, M. AERA National Convention. American Education Research Association, Washington DC - "Inclusive Education National Research Agenca: A Call to Action" April, 2016

Allcock, H. Callahan, J. Teacher Education Division (TED Conference). Council for Exceptional Children, Tempe, Arizona - "First Year Field Experience: Fostering Cultural Diversity Awareness for Pre service Teachers" November, 2015

Allcock, H. TASH: Annual Conference. , Washington, DC - "Moderator: Shape the Research Agenda for the Next Several Years" December, 2014

Allcock, H. Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division. , Indianapolis, IN - "Paper: Preparing Pre Service Educators to Teach Students with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms" November, 2014

Allcock, H. American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. , Orlando, FL - "Poster: Self-advocacy Curriculum: Creating the Change from Within" June, 2014

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