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Maude Yacapsin, Ed. D.

Associate Professor of Special Education

Interest and areas of expertise

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

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

I handed on to you…what I also received.
-(1 Corinthians, 15:3)

  • EDD, Teacher Leadership, University of Nebraska
  • MS, Special Education, Bloomsburg University
  • B.A., Organizational Psychology, Bloomsburg University
Classes I teach

At Messiah: 

  • EDME 525 Curriculum and Learning
  • EDME 551 Effective Practice for Every Learner
  • EDME 505 Educational Leadership


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

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