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Marsha Swindler



Marsha Swindler

Core Faculty

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Special Education

  • Campus:
  • Pasedena
  • Online
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School of Education
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Dr. Marsha Swindler is Core Faculty for the School of Education at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena CA. She has been an instructor in Special Education for over 23 years, in the public and private sector, and has been a professor at Pacific Oaks College for over six years teaching online and on ground courses in special education. She has a passion for teaching Special Education and mentoring new teacher candidates in general education and special education to better understand that all students have the capacity to learn, but it is up to educators to uncover the potential in every individual.

In addition to her work with Pacific Oaks College, Dr. Swindler presents at workshops and seminars, online and in face to face environments, teaching educators how to infuse Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory into every day teaching styles, along with Strengths Finder. The inclusion approach empowers educators to assist every student in the classroom despite unique learning styles. Dr. Swindler's vision in education seeks to create an intellectual understanding of a deep and lasting change to how students in special education must be included in general education classrooms, recognizing that there is a paradigm shift for the new millennium.

Dr. Swindler's doctorate dissertation, Effects of Teacher Training for Individual Differences to Improve the Academic Performance of Special Education Inclusion Students, includes projections for the transformational potential of all educators to become agents of change in support of students at all levels of learning, culturally, social-emotionally, and behaviorally.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Bachelor of Arts in Human Development Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA 2000
Master of Arts in Education: Teaching Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA 2002
Doctorate of Philosophy in Special Education Walden University, Minneapolis, MN 2007
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
member Association of Curriculum and Development
member Feingold Association of the United States
Commission on Teaching Credentialing, State of California
Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, State of Califorina
Clear Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD), State of California
Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA), State of California
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Volunteer St. Luke Church and School - Eucharistic Minister, Parent School Association officer, BSA: religious medals instructor, Confirmation class high school instructor
Volunteer AAPC PUSD Math Power Hour
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Applied Behavior Analysis
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Autism
Cognitive Development
Child & Adolescent Development Learning/Learning Disabilities
Diversity Culture-centered Pedagogy
Higher Education Teaching Adult Learners
K-12 Education Special Education
Social Justice Disabilities
Media Exposure

O Magazine ADHD Special Education: Diet vs. Drugs May 2016


2019 Developing Student Researchers

2018 Teaching Adult Learners

2017 Social Justice in the Workplace

2016 Organizational Systems Theory Applied to College Operations

2015 Cultural Intelligence

2014 Diet vs. Drugs: Application to ADHD Symptoms

2013 Child Development: Toddlers

2012 Octogeniarian Health Care

2011 Child Development: Newborns

2010 Diabetes: Signs, Symptons, Prevention

2009 Family Dynamics: Adult Children

2008 Publishing Doctoral Research

2007 Effects of Teacher Training for Individual Differences to Improve the Academic Performance of Special Education Inclusion Students

2006 Institutional Contexts for Special Education: Leadership, Learning, and Accommodation

2006 Theories of Intelligence, Learning, and Motivation for Persons with Special Needs

2005 Principles of Organizational and Social Systems

2004 Principles of Human Development

2003 Whole House Remodel: How To

2002 General Contracting: Construction

2001 Returning to School: How To Succeed

2000 Degree Completion: Now What?

1996 College Search: Application, Interview, Inquiry

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

Providing learning opportunities for all students, nationally and internationally, is the shared responsibility of an entire faculty, community, and administration, and not the sole responsibility of a special education department. A learning disability/ADHD does not diminish the individuality of a human being capable of growth and potential development, albeit from an alternate style of learning. The enormous social issue facing parents and educators is how to adapt teaching to all children’s learning capability. Flexibility to accommodate all levels of learners is no longer an option.

Title Location Date Link
Student Research Forum, California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES) Pasadena, CA April 2020 California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Poster Presentation: Student Degrees Pasadena, CA March 2019 Pacific Oaks College
Poster Presentation: Head, Heart, Hands New Orelans, LA May 2018 NCORE
ARC Conference: Why Get a Pacific Oaks College Degree? San Diego, CA March 2017 Academic Resource Conference (ARC)
Video Presentation: Multiple Intelligence Simulation Pasadena, CA February 2016 Pacific Oaks College
Cultural Intelligence: Howard Gardner's Theory Pasadena, CA May 2015

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2017). Video: Harris--Diet vs. Drugs for ADHD. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2017). Video: Formal Assessment Presentation. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2016). Video: Adult Diagnosis--ADHD. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2016). Video: Peggy The Paraprofessional. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2015). Video: School Psychologist. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2015). Video: Speech and Language Pathologist. . (

Dr. Marsha Swindler (2014). Video: Occupational Therapist. . (

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Skills
Teaching Adults, Educational Technology, Multiple Inteligences, Adult ADHD, Diet vs. Drug Therapy, Curriculum Design, Impulsivity, Special Education in-service training sessions for teachers, Curriculum ideas for special education students in general education settings, Suggestions for adapting curriculum providing equal opportunities to learn from alternate styles of comprehension, Private enterprise for coordinating special educational services