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Dr. Sherlyn Ezell Powell

Dr. Sherlyn Ezell Powell

Associate Professor

"The special education, reading, and C&I programs at ULM are taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and bring compelling credentials to their respective disciplines."


Degrees Held:

  • Ed.D. – University of Alabama, 1995

Career Highlights:

I am an associate professor in the School of Education of the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences (CAES) at the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM). I earned my doctorate degree from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the area of special education with a cognate in reading. I taught general and special education in K-12 schools in Louisiana for 10 years and currently teach in the areas of special education, reading, and C & I doctoral programs in the School of Education at ULM. I have served on the Louisiana State Autism Team (LSAT) and the Louisiana Department of Education Advisory Council for Teaching Reading to Students with Reading Difficulties. I was team leader for Louisiana Department of Education’s monitoring of special populations in Louisiana schools for 10 years, as well as a consultant and expert witness on special education state and federal laws, regulations and interpretations for two law firms (2003, 2011, 2013).

I am the coordinator of special education programs in the School of Education at ULM and the primary writer of three specialized professional associations (SPAs) for special education as submitted to the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC). I currently chair ULM’s Standard Five reports for Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). I serve as chair on ULM’s Council for Students with Disabilities Committee. My research interests include autism, family systems, literacy acquisition, behavior management, and ADHD.

In which online programs do you teach?

Which classes do you teach online?

I teach special education courses in all four areas, reading courses and doctoral courses.

I teach special education courses in all four areas, reading courses and doctoral courses.

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

Students in my classes learn about characteristics of students with disabilities and how to meet their academic, social, emotional and physical needs. They learn about the rights of students with disabilities and their families. An emphasis on the laws that govern special education is also addressed in my classes. In addition to special education, I also teach reading foundation and reading methods courses as well as courses in the Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction program.

Why did you start teaching?

I began my college career as a mature student. I was drawn to teaching in part by my desire to learn about child development. Of my four children, none were normal according to educational and psychological professionals. One was a child with profound mental and physical disabilities and the others had IEPs on the other end of the intelligence spectrum. Another label or two was thrown in there over the years. I wanted to know how to meet the needs of my students no matter the label or lack thereof. So, I chose to obtain multiple certifications in order to meet the needs of all children.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

The special education, reading, and C&I programs at ULM are taught by faculty from diverse backgrounds and bring compelling credentials to their respective disciplines.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd"

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