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Gain the Skills and Knowledge to Assist the ASD Population

An MAT with a specialty in autism spectrum disorders is a comprehensive program for teachers who possess a valid Michigan teaching certificate. The program prepares you to understand and effectively work with the ASD student population. You will learn to administer and interpret formal and informal assessments, accurately identify student needs, and utilize best practice interventions. The curriculum enables you to critically analyze and utilize research-based instructional strategies to address ASD in all educational placements.

Through coursework and field experience, you will apply theory to practice as a collaborator with other educators, families and service providers in light of inclusion and transition planning. You may choose to pursue the ASD endorsement alone, or incorporate it into a Master’s degree in ASD.

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Faculty Bios

Michele HarmalaAssociate Professor

B.S. Eastern Michigan University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ed.S. Wayne State University

Ed.D. Wayne State University

mharmala@madonna.edu

734-432-5651, 2228G

Michele Harmala

Leading to inspire learning, growth, and service!  Experienced professor and superintendent with a demonstrated history of success and leadership in higher education and the education management industry. Strong organizational professional skilled in Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Talent Development and Performance Improvement, Program Evaluation, Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, and Public Speaking.  Experienced professor with demonstrated history of developing and facilitating adult learning and scholarship in both online and face-to-face settings.

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Karen ObsniukDean, College of Education
Professor

B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University

kobsniuk@madonna.edu

734-432-5648, 2230D

Karen Obsniuk

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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Joy OslundAssociate Professor

B.S. Oakland University

M.A. Northern Michigan University

Ph.D. Michigan State University

joslund@madonna.edu

734-432-5790, 2230F

Joy Oslund

Joy Oslund, Ph.D. is the Coordinator of Directed Teaching and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. She joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education from Michigan State University. Her research interests include teaching elementary mathematics for social justice, using cooperative group work to promote equity in classrooms, and teacher learning. She serves on the board for the Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is actively engaged in organizations promoting anti-racism in schools.

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Hakim ShahidAssociate Professor

B.S. Marygrove College

M.Ed. Marygrove College

Ph.D. Oakland University

hshahid@madonna.edu

734-432-5879, 2228C

Hakim Shahid

Dr. Shahid teaches graduate courses in literacy education and the new Doctor of Education program. In addition, he teaches undergraduate teacher education courses in the Teacher Education Program. Dr. Shahid is a strong advocate for content area literacy, disciplinary literacy, culturally relevant teaching, critical literacy, social justice and culturally responsive teaching. He is a member of various professional educational organizations such as the International Reading Association, College Reading and Literacy Association and the Michigan Reading Association. Dr. Shahid is a frequent guest lecturer at various universities and educational conferences across the nation and in the Caribbean. He supports the charge for authentic, empowering, and transformative instruction for all children to foster a more literate citizenry. Dr. Shahid is a published scholar whose educational offerings deal with the importance of culturally relevant instruction and content area reading strategies.

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Mary TomczykAssistant Professor

B.S. Eastern Michigan University

M.A. Oakland University

M.A. Madonna University

Ph.D. Michigan State University

marytomczyk@madonna.edu  

734-432-5536, 2230G

Mary Tomczyk

Dr. Mary Tomczyk is an Associate professor in the College of Education. She has worked at Madonna since 2009, and before that served as an adjunct in the College of Education. She has a passion for early childhood and is committed to supporting her students in becoming strong and effective teachers and advocates for young children and their families.

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Sue Ann SharmaAssociate Professor

B.S. University of Michigan – Flint

M.S. Oakland University

Ed.S. Oakland University

Ph.D. Oakland University

sasharma@madonna.edu 

734-432-5785, 2228E

Sue Ann Sharma

Dr. Sue Ann Sharma is an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Literacy in the College of Education at Madonna University. She is passionate about preparing teachers to meet the diverse needs of learners and developing instructional literacy leaders. Dr. Sharma is a literacy advocate and has served on the International Reading Association's Literacy Reform Task Force. Dr. Sharma is the past president of the Michigan Reading Association, and also holds appointments on the Michigan Reading Association's Board of Directors and Michigan Reading Journal Review Board.

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