Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor

Education Faculty


  • PhD in Special Education: University of Kansas
  • Master of Education : Louisiana State University – Shreveport
  • BS in Special Education and Secondary English Education: Louisiana State University – Shreveport

Dr. Michael O’Connor began his career by working with adults with severe disabilities in six residential settings and group homes in Louisiana and Arkansas. After earning a B.S. in Special Education and Secondary English Education in 1993, he worked for one year as a secondary teacher at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents, and then for two years as a general education English teacher at Mansfield High School in Louisiana. Next, he worked for six years as a special education teacher in a rural K-12 school in Cotton Valley, Louisiana. After earning his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas in 2006, Dr. O’Connor became an assistant professor of special education at Augusta State University in Georgia. There, in addition to teaching a full load of classes in special education, he served as program director for the M.Ed. program, conducted research in service-learning and students with mild to moderate disabilities, collaborated with local teachers, and published the results of his research in educational journals such as Teaching Exceptional Children and Journal for the Association of American Special Education Professionals (JAASEP). He was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2010, and in December of 2013 joined the faculty at Eastern Oregon University as associate professor of special education.

Courses Taught
SPED 534 Planning for the Exceptional Learner
SPED 536 Planning Applications: Early Childhood and Elementary Exceptional Learners
SPED 538 Planning Applications: Middle/High School Exceptional Learners
SPED 560 Field Experience: Middle School Exceptional Learners
SPED 564 Practicum with High School Exceptional Learners


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