Jo Beth Desoto

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Jo Beth DeSoto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University, and a Doctorate in Special Education from Texas Tech University. She has 23 years of experience teaching in the public school system and over 16 years teaching experience on the Doctoral level. Dr. DeSoto has been with Walden University since 2008. She serves as Senior Research Lead in the field of Special Education; Her research interests include Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Educational Assessment. Dr. DeSoto is a professional member of Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and The Council for Exceptional Children. Her greatest accomplishments in the work force include writing 2 textbooks for publication, and presenting on the national level at several conventions.

Courses Taught

EDDD 8990 - Research in Special Education


EdD, Texas Tech University

Masters, Texas Tech University

BA, University of New Mexico

Public Service

Wayland Baptist University, Member - Plainview

Awards / Honors

Presenter at Texas CEC, CEC, 2012


Desoto, J. (2017). The Oxford Round Table Special Education Conference. Oxford Universeity