Education Faculty

Vicki Caruana

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, BA

Office: Hudson Hall 109
Office Hours: M 10 am-Noon; W 10-1 pm; F 10-1 pm
Phone: 845-569-3530


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 dispositions.

Professional Memberships



Caruana, V. [in press]. Assessing the common core: Strategies for writing standards-based IEP goals. Preventing School Failure.

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, 59(4),

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