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Ann M. Sebald, Ed.D.

Ann M. SebaldAssistant Professor of Special Education

Program Coordinator, Denver Urban Special Education Program
Education and Behavioral Sciences
School of Special Education
University of Northern Colorado
Denver, CO  80230

Denver Office: 303-637-4330

Ann M. Sebald, Ed.D., Project Director, earned a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  She currently is the program co-coordinator for the University of Northern Colorado’s Denver Urban Special Education Program, located at UNC’s Lowry Campus in Denver.  She has a strong history of collaboration and consultation due to her responsibilities as a co-teacher and special education consultant; and has experience coordinating large projects requiring the supervision of graduate research assistants due to her role as program coordinator for the National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (formally the National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities).  Finally, Dr. Sebald has several publications relating to general and special education.

Research Interests and Specializations:

Research areas of interest include the development of self-advocacy and self-determination among students with exceptionalities; as well as researching the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model through the continuum of teacher preparation by reviewing the effectiveness of apprenticeship and mentoring for the preparation of teacher candidates in special education, and working with school districts to develop and evaluate their induction and mentoring programs that support special educators who are new to the field.


  • Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado 2005 Special Education
  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado 1996 Special Education
  • B.S.Ed. Montana State University 1993 Elementary Education

Selected Publications

  • Sebald, A. & Blugbaugh, B. (in review). The road to college passes through mathematics for ALL students: Resources to help students with disabilities succeed at the secondary school level. Teaching Exceptional Children.
  • Sebald, A. & Luckner, J. (2013). Promoting self-determination for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf. Summer Literacy Issue.
  • Sebald, A. (2013). Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Perceptions of Self-Determination for Their Students. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(2), 145-159.
  • Sebald, A. (2010). Special educators’ perceptions of working in urban schools. The One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works 2008- 2010.
  • Sebald, A. (2008). Child abuse and deafness: An overview. American Annals of the Deaf, 153(4), 376-383.
  • Adams, C., Finnerty, M., Sebald, A., & Sweet-Barnard, S. (2008). National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities: TeachSSD Website.
  • Sebald, A. (2007). Incidence, indicators and impact of child abuse and neglect among children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States. British Teachers Association of the Deaf, September, 2007,
  • Sebald, A., & Luckner, J. (2007). Successful partnerships with families with children who are deaf. Teaching Exceptional Children, 39(3), 54-60.
  • Luckner, J., Sebald, A., Cooney, J., Young, J., & Muir, S. G. (2005/2006). A review of evidence-based literacy research with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf, 150(5), 443-456.
  • Luckner, J., Muir, S.G., Howell., J.J., Velaski-Sebald, A., & Young, J., (2005). An examination of the research and training needs in the field of deaf education. American Annals of the Deaf, 150(4), 358-368.

Selected Presentations:

  • Sebald, A., Anderson, P., Carauana, V., Hoover, J., Montgomery, D., & Sobel, D. (2013, January). Using Evidence-Based Resources to Support Special Educators as Change Agents. Colorado Consortium for Special Education Teacher Educators.
  • Sebald, A. (2013, April). The impact of multi-year apprenticeships for special education teacher candidates. Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, San Antonio, TX.
  • Sebald, A., Pierce, C. & Mueller, T. (2013, January). Take that job and lead it! Courage to Risk, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Sebald, A., Sindelar, P., Rude, H., Craven, D., & Sabochik, C. (2012, November). Improving the Induction of Beginning Special Education Teachers: Forging Partnerships to Make a Difference. Teacher Education Division for Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Sebald, A., Brownell, M., Rude, H., & Sabochik, C. (2012, July). Improving the Induction of Beginning Special Education Teachers: Forging Partnerships to Make a Difference. OSEP Director’s Conference, Washington DC.
  • Sebald, A. (2012, April). The Impact of Multi-Year Apprenticeships for Special Education Teacher Candidates. Poster session presented at Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • Sebald, A. (2011, November). The Impact of Multi-Year Apprenticeships for Special Education Teacher Candidates. Teacher Education Division for Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Sebald, A. (2010, July). Special educators working in urban settings. One Voice International Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Sebald, A., & Morrison, A. (2009, October). Paraeducators in urban settings. School ParaEducator Association of Colorado (SPEAC) Conference, Englewood, CO.

Submitted Grants:

  • Sebald, A. (2013). Special Education Induction and Mentoring Program Evaluation Project. Request for access to district staff. Awarded September, 2013.
  • Sebald, A. (2011). National Center to Inform Policy and Practice in Special Education Professional Development Grant, Technical Assistance. Request for TA. Awarded May, 2011.
  • Sebald, A. (2011). Comparison study: A tale of two programs. Provost’s Research Dissemination and Faculty Development Funds. Request for $7372.  Awarded April, 2011.
  • Sebald, A. (2008). Special educators in urban areas. Faculty Research and Dissemination Grant Request for Funding. Request for $2,500.  Awarded Nov., 2008.

Honors and Awards:

  • 2013 Best of the Best Scholarly Presenter – One Voice International: Institute of Elemental Ethics and Education
  • 2012 School/Department of Excellence in Service award
  • 2012 Nominated Outstanding Service Provider
  • 2011 Nominated for Outstanding Advisor Award
  • 2010 First Year Scholars Outstanding Faculty Winner
  • 2009 University Continuing Education Association: Great Plains Region Awards and Recognition – Credit Program Award
  • 2002- 2005 - University of Northern Colorado, Leadership Grant, National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities