Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
School of Education and Professional Licensure
Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
B.S. Child Development
B.S. Elementary Education
M.S. Education (MSEd)
M.S. Early Childhood Studies
Dr. Stacy Ness is the Program Director for the Licensure programs (BSEE, MAT Special Education, and Eds/MSED Principal prepartion) as well as the Early Childhood Studies programs (BSECS/MSECS). Throughout her time at Walden, she has been a Academic Coordinator, course instructor, lead university supervisor, mentor and dissertation chair. She has conducted research studies, presented at conferences, and is the creator of doctoral and master’s courses on various topics associated with Special Education and Early Childhood. Past experiences include being a self-contained classroom teacher for students identified with autism, an Early Childhood Special Education Building Coordinator, and a trainer for the Minnesota Centers of Excellence for Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Children and their Families. Stacy has a passion for working with children with Autism and has presented at CEC as well as state conferences on this and other topics in the field of special education. She is active in her community as a volunteer at her local school, a volunteer for various community activities, and as a board member for community service entities.
PhD, Capella University
Masters, Saint Mary's University
BA, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Home Owners Association, President - , MN
Reading Intervention School District 885, Volunteer - , MN
Steps of Hope Committee, Committee Member - , MN
Awards / Honors
Effective Practice Award, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) , 2018
Eduventures Innovation Award, Eduventures, 2018
MN Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2007
, KS95 Teacher of the Week, 2006
Ness, S. L., Russell, T. L. (2021). Family Engagement in the Virtual Environment . Harris County Department of Education.
Ness, S. L., OLeary, B. P. (2018). Classroom Management: Relationships Matter. Walden University.
Ness, S. L. (2018). Inter-rater Reliability. Walden University.
Share, L., Knutson, J., Ness, S. (2015). Assessment and Data-Informed Decision-Making in Preservice Teacher Education. Walden University.