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Marsha Swindler



Marsha Swindler

Core Faculty

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Special Education

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
  • Online
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Human Development and 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 eight 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
Member Council for Exceptional Children
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
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Applied Behavior Analysis
Child & Adolescent Development Cognitive 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

P.O. TV: In It Together--Working From Home and Caring for Kids


Asynchronous/Synchronous Student Engagement

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Cognitive Development

Child & Adolescent Development


Higher Education

Learning Communities

Learning/Learning Disabilities

Multiple Intelligences

Special Education

Teaching Adult Learners

Title Location Date Link
Synchronous Student Engagement Course Buddy Connection: Special Education and General Education Teacher Teamwork Rhodes, Greece May 4, 2021
Did you ever wonder what you could do with a degree . . .? Pasadena, CA virtual July 9, 2020
Student Research Forum, California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)(postponed) Pasadena, CA April 2020 California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Synchronous Student Engagement Pasadena, CA February 13, 2020
Poster Presentation: Student Degrees Pasadena, CA March 2019
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
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