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Dr. Debora Bays

Room C162, Peters Hall

Dr. Debora A. Bays is an associate professor in special education within the Special Education: General Curriculum program concentration. She teaches courses related to current trends/legal aspects, characteristics, language development and remediation, curriculum accommodations and instructional strategies, and individualized educational programming. Dr. Bays supervises internships at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Bays has directed multiple grants to address professional development and licensure requirements for special educators, general educators and principals. She has taught grades K-6 in public schools as both a special educator and a general educator. Her scholarly and professional endeavors relate to supervision and leadership in special education, legal aspects, and instructional strategies to support students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Bays is an IORU alum, receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Radford University in the areas of elementary education and special education (learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, and intellectual disabilities) and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in the area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Special Education Administration.