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Audra Classen

Dr. Audra Classen

Associate Professor


Audra I. Classen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi in the School of Education. Her expertise lies in supporting the academic and behavioral development of young children from birth to age eight. Specific research interests include: supporting young children’s early literacy development, developing social-emotional curriculum, integrating individual interventions in daily routines, teaching practitioners to utilize assessment methods to measure young children’s behavior, and preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to use the UDL instructional framework. In addition, Dr. Classen is actively engaged in research to develop culturally responsive services for military families and their young children.

  • Early Childhood (PHD) - University of Kansas (2014)
  • Literacy and Learning Disabilities (MS) - University of Kansas (2001)
  • BA - Midamerica Nazarene College (1995)

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SPE 680

  • Needs of military Families: Family and educator perspectives., Journal of Early Intervention, 2019, 10.1177/1053815119847235
  • Serving families living in the intersection of military and special education cultures. , Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education., 2019
  • Understanding the Removal of of Classroom Auditory Distractors: An interactive design, Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals , 2018
  • Experiencing a reduction in classroom auditory distraction for students with and without disabilities: A phenomenological inquiry, Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 2018
  • Chapter 5: Foundations of Universal Design For Learning , Six Steps to Inclusive Preschool Curriculum: A UDL Based Framework for Children's School Success, 2016
  • Chapter 6: Foundations of Differentiation and Individualization, Six Steps to Inclusive Preschool Curriculum: A UDL Based Framework for Children's School Success, 2016
  • Literacy instruction for young children with severe speech and physical impairments: A systematic review, Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools and Early Intervention, 2017, 10.1080/19411243.2017.1359132
  • Social-emotional learning as a vehicle for vocabulary acquisition: A review of recent literature , The ALER Yearbook, 2017, 10.1080/194112343.2017.1359132
  • Role of Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation in Inclusive Preschools , DEC recommended Practices: Environment Practices, 2016
  • Systematic monitoring of young children’s social-emotional competence and challenging behaviors, Young Exceptional Children, 2015, 10.1177/1096250614523970
  • Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP) Reliability Training
  • Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) Certified
  • Kansas Elementary Education (K-6) Teaching License
  • Kansas Special Education - Learning Disabilities (K-9) Teaching License
  • Kansas Unified Early Childhood (Birth-3rd Grade) Teaching License
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Division for Early Childhood
  • Teacher Education Division
  • Mississippi Council for Exceptional Children
  • Mississippi Literacy Association

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Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Special Education, Early Literacy, Social-Emotional Development, Military Family Educator Partnerships, and Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology