NCATE - The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preperation Special Education Teacher with students Mckee Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Diane Bassett, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Office: (970) 351-1648

Research Interests and Specializations:

  • Transition and contextual education
  • Education Reform
  • Self-Determination
  • Needs of adolescents and young adults
  • Learning strategies/metacognition
  • Effective teaching strategies


  • Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 1991, Special Education
  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado, 1980, Special Education
  • B.S. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1974, Secondary Education, English

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • Kochhar-Bryant, C.A., Bassett, D. S., & Webb, K.W. (2009).Transition to postsecondary education for students with disabilities. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press
  • Blalock, G., Patton, J.P., Kohler, P, & Bassett, D. S. [Eds.] (2008). Transition and students with learning disabilities: Facilitating the movement from school to adult life (2nd Ed,), Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
  • Kochhar-Bryant, C.A., & Bassett, D.S. (Eds.). (2002) Aligning transition and standards-based education: Issues and Strategies. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Li, J., Bassett, D. S., & Hutchinson, S. R. (2009). Secondary special educators' transition involvement. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 34(2).
  • Wandry, D., Webb, K., Williams, J., Bassett, D., Asselin, S., and Hutchinson, S. (2008). Identifying the barriers to effective transition planning and implementation: A study of teacher candidates from five teacher preparation programs. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 31(1), 14-25.
  • Bassett, D.S., and Kochhar-Bryant, C. (2006, October) Strategies for aligning standards-based education and transition. Focus on Exceptional Children, 39(2), 1-19.
  • Anderson, D., Kleinhammer-Trammill, P.J., Morningstar, M., Lehmann, J., Bassett, D., Kohler, P., Blalock, G., & Wehmeyer, M. (2003). What’s happening in personnel preparation in transition? A national survey. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 26, 27-44.
  • Blalock, G., Kochhar-Bryant, C., Test, D., Kohler, P., White, W., Lehmann, J., Bassett, D. & Patton, J. (2003). The need for comprehensive personnel preparation in transition and career development: A position statement of the Division on Career Development and Transition. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 26, 91-110.


  • Coordinator – Generalist Program (2005 - present)
  • CDE Exceptional Student Leadership Unit IEP Revision Task Force (2007-2008)
  • Generalist Program for Licensing Assessment for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Objective Review Team (February and October, 2007, October, 2008)
  • Part-time Consultant to Asst. Commissioner Ed Steinberg (2006-present)
  • CDE Exceptional Student Leadership Unit Secondary Services Team member
  • Colorado Department of Education Committee on Highly Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for Secondary Special Educators
  • Colorado Consortium of Special Education Teacher Education Programs (2005 - present)

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • 2006, Oliver P. Kolstoe Award, awarded by CEC Division on Career Development and Transition
  • 2005, Academic Excellence Award for Teaching Excellence in Grad. Education, awarded by UNC Provost
  • 2004, UNC Distinguished Scholarship Nominee, awarded by Faculty Research and Publications Board
  • 2003, COE Outstanding Scholar, awarded by College of Education, UNC
  • 2000, President, awarded by Division on Career Development and Transition
  • 1996, COE Outstanding Service Award, awarded by College of Education, UNC
  • 1994, Favorite Professor, awarded by Mortar Board, UNC