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Maude Yacapsin

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Maude Yacapsin

Associate Professor of Special Education
EDD, Teacher Leadership, University of Nebraska, 2006
MS, Special Education, Bloomsburg University, 1992
BA, Organizational Psychology, Bloomsburg University, 1988

Yacapsin Academia Information

Recent Research:

  • Compassion fatigue and student teachers
  • Self care for student teachers

Current Projects:

In the works:

  • Online discourse and evidence of Christian values
  • Facebook and collaborative, international teaching endeavors
  • School and community partnerships
  • Portable teaching and tutoring
  • Technology platforms for students with disabilities

Recent Publications:

  • "Student-Led Inquiry in Pre-Service Field Placements: iPad Technologies Empower Future Teachers," Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, Fall 2014 
  • "Graduate Student Preferences for Practicing Faith in Online Coursework," Journal of Research on Christian Education, Summer 2014
  • "Faith: A New Component within Differentiated Instruction," Christian Perspectives in Education, 6(1).  Available at:, 2013
  • "Self care for student teachers:  a promising new practice for teacher education programs," PA Teacher Educator, Fall 2011

Courses Taught:

At Messiah: 

  • Intro to special education
  • Effective practices for every learner
  • Curriculum and learning


  • Student teacher supervision
  • Assessment
  • Technology for teachers
  • Educational Psychology

Advice for First-Year Students:

Look at learning as a process and a lifelong journey, not an ending; engage in reflective practice; be thankful, forgiving, and gracious always.

Vocational Story :

Interest in the psychology of learning processes of students and students with disabilities, and the wonderful and "not-so wonderful" role models that helped me realize I wanted to pursue teaching as a vocation. 


Running and running with my family; adopt a boxer animal rescue; service projects for school, church and animal rescue organizations; reading the classics and historical fiction. 

Favorite Quote:

I handed on to you…what I also received.

 -(1 Corinthians, 15:3)