Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Education: Special Education


Education Department Chair

Gwen Landever, Ed.D., Director of Education Programs at the Overland Park Campus; B.S., M.S., University of Kansas; Ed.D., Baker University

Dr. Gwen Landever has taught both regular and gifted education students ranging in age from preschool to high school—as well as adult learners—since 1993.  She recently earned her doctorate in educational leadership and hopes to build on her new skills as she leads the graduate and undergraduate education programs at the Overland Park Campus. She is interested in using technology and innovative programs to meet the learning needs of traditional and multigenerational students who are seeking degrees advanced degrees.

Dr. Patti Carnahan, Ed.D., Associate Professor in Education; B.S., M.S., Kansas State University; M.S., Baker University, Ed.D., University of Phoenix

Dr. Patricia Carnahan joined the University of Saint Mary faculty in 1998.joined the faculty at the University of Saint Mary education department. She has experience teaching elementary and special education, but she goes above and beyond the average professor. A light-hearted professor by nature, she strives to make classes interactive instead of lecture-style. In one of Carnahan’s classes, teacher candidates finished a spoof on Dr. Suess, entitled “Pink Pickles and Bananas,” making their own props and videotaping the production. In another class, Carnahan’s students finished a unit on geography by creating a relief map using home-made play dough to represent 30 different landforms. Her goal is to make learning fun and meaningful while modeling strategies and teaching techniques that can be used in the K-12 classroom.

Adjunct Faculty

Morgan Bahn
M.S.S.L., Baker University; M.A.Ed., Baker University; B.A. (Special Education), University of Northern Iowa

Kathy Bichelmeyer
M.S.Ed., University of Kansas; B.A., Park University; A.S., Kansas City Kansas Community College

Katie Cook
Ph.D., M.S.Ed., University of Kansas; B.S., Iowa State University

Jessica Gad
M.S., University of MIssouri—Kansas City; B.S., Michigan State University

SuAnn Grant
Administrative License Endorsement, M.S.Ed., Pittsburg State University; M.S.Ed. (SPED Licensure), Illinois State University; B.S., University of Illinois

Danita Long
M.S., University of Kansas; B.S., Baker University

Jennifer Martin
Administrative License Endorsement, Emporia State University; M.S.Sped., University of Kansas; B.S., Kansas State University