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Stacy Ness

Program Director

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Education and Professional Licensure

Degree ProgramMasters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

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

Public Service

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

MN Teacher of the Year, , 2007

, KS95 Teacher of the Week, 2006

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Teacher Recognition, , 2005


Share, L., Knutson, J., Ness, S. (2015). Assessment and Data-Informed Decision-Making in Preservice Teacher Education Walden University

Bechtold, D. A., Knutson, J., Larkin, M. J., Williams, J. D., Share, L. B., Ness, S. L. (2015). Evaluating Preservice Teacher Competency of Effective Assessment Practices Through Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), Multiple Program Measures, and Field Experience Components AACTE

Ness, S. L. (2018). Inter-rater Reliability Walden University

Ness, S. L., Reed, F. E. (2017). Inter-rater Reliability Walden University

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