Gretchen Cole-Lade is a retired special education teacher and spent the majority of her career teaching students with severe disabilities. She is currently an assistant professor preparing early childhood education pre-service teachers to meet the needs of their future young children in inclusive classroom settings. Cole-Lade’s research interests include increasing the capacity for educators to meet the needs of all students and their families, collaborative team processes, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and systems to support communication of young children with Complex Communication Needs in early childhood, inclusive settings.
Cole-Lade earned a Bachelor of Science in special education from Old Dominion University, a Master of Education in early childhood education from Boston University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in professional education studies with an emphasis in special education from Oklahoma State University. She also earned a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Exceptional Needs in 2001 and renewed the certification in 2011.
Ph.D. in Professional Education Studies, Oklahoma State University, 2015
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Boston University, 1993
B.S. in Special Education, Old Dominion University, 1983