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Dr. Mary Catherine Scheeler

Dr. Mary Catherine Scheeler
Phone: 8148637500
Office Address:
208 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Professor of Education (Special Education)


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


Special Education


Dr. Scheeler earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Special Education, and B.S. degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at Penn State. Her research focuses on finding effective techniques to prepare teachers to work with children with special needs. Her work with immediate feedback, use of technology in teacher supervision, and generalization of teaching techniques supports this research focus.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Clinical Supervision


Classroom Management
Curriculum and Supervision
Education Access
Instructional Methods and Design

Methodological Research

Quantitative Research

Special Education

Applied Behavioral Analysis
Mild Disabilities

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development

Courses Taught

SPLED 400 Teaching Exceptional Students in General Education Settings

SPLED 401 Motivating Exceptional Learners

SPLED 425 Orientation to Human Variation and Special Education Services

SPLED 412 Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities 

SPLED 404 Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education

SPLED 495E Practicum in Special Education

SPLED 454 Assessment for Instruction

SPLED 500 Doctoral Seminar: Etiology and Characteristics of Students with Disabilities

SPLED 500 Doctoral Seminars: Issues and Trends in Teacher Preparation

SPLED 503C Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education

SPLED 530 Problems in the Education of Persons with Learning Disabilities 

SPLED 573 Introduction to Research in Special Education 

SPLED 595A Practicum in Special Education (Graduate)

SPLED 595B Field Experience in Off-Campus Laboratories 

SPLED 595C Internship in Special Education Supervision

SPLED 596 Individual Studies

SPLED 600 Thesis Research

SPLED 602 Supervised Experiences in College Teaching

Office Hours

Fall 2019 office hours:
Mondays, 1 – 3 and by appointment

Education History

Ph.D. Special Education, Penn State University M.Ed. Special Education, Penn State University B.S. Special Education and Elementary Education, Penn State University

Representative Publications

Scheeler, M. C., McKinnon, K., & Stout, J. (2012). Effects of immediate feedback delivered via webcam and bug-in-ear technology on preservice teacher performance. Teacher Education and Special Education, 35, 77-90.

Scheeler, M. C., Congdon, M., & Stansbery, S. (2010). Providing immediate feedback to co-teachers through bug-in-ear technology: An effective method of peer coaching in inclusion classrooms. Teacher Education and Special Education, 33, 83-96.

Scheeler, M. C., Macluckie, M., & Albright, K. (2010). Effects of immediate feedback delivered by peer tutors on the oral presentation skills of adolescents with learning disabilities. Remedial and special education, 31, 77-86.

Scheeler, M. C., Bruno, K., Grubb, E., & Seavey, T. L. (2009). Generalizing teaching techniques from university to K-12 classrooms: Teaching preservice teachers to use what they learn. Journal of Behavioral Education, 18, 189-210.

Scheeler, M. C. (2008). Generalizing effective teaching skills: The missing link in teacher preparation. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17(2), 145-159.

Lee, D. L., Belfiore, P. J., Scheeler, M. C., Hua, Y., & Smith, R. (2004). Behavioral momentum in academics: Using embedded high‐p sequences to increase academic productivity. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 789-801.

Scheeler, M. C., Ruhl, K. L., & McAfee, J. K. (2004). Providing performance feedback to teachers: A review. Teacher Education and Special Education, 27, 396-407.

Belfiore, P. J., Lee, D. L., Scheeler, M. C., & Klein, D. (2002). Implications of behavioral momentum and academic achievement for students with behavior disorders: Theory, application, and practice. Psychology in the Schools, 39, 171-179.

Scheeler, M. C., & Lee, D. L. (2002). Using technology to deliver immediate corrective feedback to preservice teachers. Journal of Behavioral Education, 11, 231-241.


Penn State College of Education Research Initiation Grant 2014 -2015: Use of Bug-in-Ear Technology by Special Educators to Provide Immediate Feedback to Paraeducators Working with Students with Autism.