Debbie May

Deborah C. May


B.S. Skidmore College M.A., M. Ed., Ed. D Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. May is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Methodology and the Director of the Special Education Division. She teaches courses in early childhood special education, general special education, issues in special education, and special education for students with severe disabilities. Dr. May was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the State University College in Geneseo, New York, and prior to that, she served as Coordinator of Educational Services at the Institute of Child Study at Kean College of New Jersey, Union, New Jersey, was director of a program for retarded adults, and a teacher of young multiply handicapped children. She has published in such journals as Mental Retardation; Psychology in the Schools; Exceptional Children; Education and Training of the Mentally Retarded; and the Journal of Special Education. She is co-author of the book, Issues and Practices in Special Education. Current research interests include school readiness issues, the use of technology with students with severe disabilities, issues related to the education of students with special needs, and the preparation of special education teachers.

Representative Publications

Marozas, D. & May, D. (1998). Issues and practices in special education. NY: Longman, Inc.

May, D. & Kundert, D. (1997). School readiness practices and children at-risk: Examining the issues. Psychology in the Schools, 34, 1-12.

May, D., Kundert, D., & Akpan, C. (1994). Are we preparing special educators for the issues facing schools in 1990s? Teacher Education and Special Education, 17, 192-199.

May, D., Kundert, D., Welch, E., Garrett, M., & Brent, D. (1994). School readiness: An obstacle to intervention and inclusion. Journal of Early Intervention, 18, 308-319.