Assistant Professor of Education
University of South Florida, Special Education, PhD
University of South Florida, Ed. Leadership, MA
University of South Florida, Gifted Ed., MEd
University of South Florida, Specific Learning Disabilities,
Office: Hudson Hall 109
Office Hours: M 10 am-Noon; W 10-1 pm; F 10-1
Introduction to Special Education
Foundations of Teaching Students with Disabilities
Psychology of the Exceptional Learner
Dr. Vicki Caruana has taught at the K-12 level in both special
education and gifted education in Florida and New York. She has
served as a resource room teacher, a self-contained classroom
teacher, a co-teacher in an inclusive classroom, and as a learning
specialist. She has also taught in higher education at the
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, and Regis
University before coming to The Mount.
Specializations and Research Interests
Dr. Caruana's areas of specialization include learning
strategies, curriculum development, accreditation, standards-based
IEPs, reflective practice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Her research interests include transformative learning, UDL,
teacher identity, inclusive education, and teacher
CEC, AERA, TED, AESA, NAGC, CLD
Caruana, V. [in press]. Assessing the common core: Strategies
for writing standards-based IEP goals. Preventing School
Caruana, V. (2014). Using the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm to
frame the reflective practice of special education teacher
candidates. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal.
Caruana, V. (2012). Scaffolding student learning: Tips for
getting started. Faculty Focus, October 15, 2012.
Caruana, V. (2015). Creating a course map: Planning for better
outcomes. Faculty Focus, July 6, 2015.
Caruana, V. (July 2, 2015). The water in which we swim. Think
Inclusive. Retrieved from
Caruana, V. (2015). Accessing the common core: Strategies for
writing standards-based IEP goals. Preventing School Failure,