Dr. Mary B. Schreiner

Chair, Education Department

Associate Professor of Education


Education Background

  • Doctorate in Special Education, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed. and B.S., Slippery Rock University


Areas of interest

Teacher education, service and research related to persons with disabilities; Franciscan mission


Current Projects (2008-09 year)

  • Service Learning Action Committee – defining the role of service in the undergraduate curriculum
  • Assessing and teaching dispositions of caring through community service – research project
  • Supervision of student teachers

Council for Exceptional Children is an international professional organization dedicated to knowledge and advocacy for persons with disabilities.  Our Alvernia Student CEC is involved in numerous community service activities in which children with disabilities interact with college students in recreational and family-support activities, and members have attended state and national CEC conferences in prior years.

  • Aaron’s Acres recreational program for children with disabilities – coordination of service learning, board of directors member
  • Departmental leadership in Special Education program revisions required by Pennsylvania Department of Education Committee member for student researchers


Representative courses

SPE 100, MED 505, MED 515, ED 210, SPE 345; taught a specially offered Honors Course on Autism, spring 2008



  • Publications related to parent collaboration, self-advocacy for students with disabilities, Franciscan mission
  • Presentations related to transition for students with disabilities from school to adult life, self-determination, autism, classroom behavior, Franciscan Catholic identity.


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