Andrea Golloher, PhD (she/her/hers)

Andrea Golloher

Associate Professor, Special Education

Associate Director, Early Childhood Institute

Dr. Golloher's research explores methods of supporting inclusive education, including the impact of teacher preparation and professional development on attitudes toward and beliefs about disability and inclusion. As Director of the Early Childhood Institute (ECI), she engages in interdisciplinary research about, provides professional development to, and advocates for early childhood and the early childhood workforce.


  • Ph.D., Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education (Credential), Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Recent Publications

  • Schuck, R. K., Simpson, L. A., & Golloher, A. (2022). How is parental educational involvement related to school satisfaction for parents of young autistic children? The School Community Journal, 32(1), 201-223. [pdf]

  • Golloher, A. N., & Middaugh, E. (2021). Diversity Dialogues: Online discussions impact on teacher candidates’ adoption of characteristics of inclusive teachers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 49(4).

  •  Love, M., & Golloher, A. (2021). Designing for students in the margins online: Applications of UDL in 2021 and beyond. In R. E. Ferdig & K. E. Pytash (Eds.), What Teacher Educators Should Have Learned from 2020 (pp. 69-78). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

  • Love, M. L., Simpson, L. A., Golloher, A. N., Gadus, B., & Dorwin, J. (2020). Professional development to increase teacher capacity for the use of new technologies. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(1).\

  • Golloher, A. N. (2020). Adapted shared reading: A study of its effectiveness in inclusive preschool classrooms. Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 9(2), 1-20.

Recent Presentations

  • Yockelson, S., Golloher, A., & Collado, C. (2022, May). Supporting students with disabilities: Collaborating with the IEP team [Conference presentation]. California Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, United States.

  • Golloher, A., & Bynder, R. (2021, October). DEC Recommended Practices for inclusive programs: There’s an RP for that! [Conference presentation]. Inclusion Collaborative State Conference, San José, CA, United States.

  • Golloher, A., & Love, M. L. (2020, September). Lessons learned from the transition to remote learning. [Conference presentation]. Inclusion Collaborate State Conference, San José, CA, United States.

  • Golloher, A., & Maxwell, E. (2021, September). Fieldwork in EC teacher preparation: Partnerships to prepare for inclusion [Poster presentation]. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • Level-Up: Multi-Investigator Team, Co-PI; Funder: San José State University Office of Research and Innovation. 2020-2021
  • Early Childhood STEM Education: Training and Ambassador Program, Co-PI; Funder: Santa Clara County Office of Education Local Planning Council. 2019-2020.

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Co-teaching
  • Early childhood
  • Inclusion
  • Intersectionality
  • Universal design for learning

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

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