Martha Elford

School of Education - Special Education
Program Coordinator
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Dr. Marti Elford is the Program Designer for the online High Incidence Disabilities Teacher Education Practicum program at the University of Kansas. Dr. Elford has experience as a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach. Dr. Elford earned her Ph.D. in Special Education at the University of Kansas as a doctoral fellow with L-TEC, Leadership in Teacher Education Core. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Elford supervised two research projects: a Poses Foundation grant studying Instructional Coaching, and TeachLivE, the use of simulation in teacher preparation programs. Dr. Elford’s research interests include the impact of coaching for pre- and in-service teachers on professional growth, using virtual learning environments, such as TeachLivE, for teacher preparation and professional development, and using technologies such as bug-in-ear to deliver immediate feedback to teachers and students.


2016-Present Online Partnership Committee

2015-Present High Incedence Area Committee

2015-Present Personelle Preparations Program Committee


Ph.D., Technology in Teacher Preparation, High Incidence Disabilities, University of Kansas

M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Grand Canyon University

B.S., Physical Education, Oklahoma Christian University



SPED 326: Teaching Exceptional Children & Youth in General Education

SPED 775: Practicum with Exceptional Children and Youth

SPED 875: Advanced Practicum with Exceptional Children and Youth

SPED 707: Methods: Adolescents with Disabilities in Secondary General Education Classrooms

Selected Presentations

Elford, M. Williamson, M. Smith, H. & James, S. . (11/30/2016). Feedback to Special Education Teacher Candidates: Please Tell me More! Interactive Paper PResentation. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Lexington, KY

Elford, M. Lyon, K. Classen, A. & Lee, H. . (11/30/2014). Using a Virtual Learning Environment to Enhance Pre-Service Educators' Knowledge of UDL. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Lexington, KY

Knowltion, E. & Elford, M. . (04/30/2014). Toward Social Validation of augmented Reality simulation in Special Education teacher Preparation. American Education Research Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA

Knowltion, E. & Elford, M. . (04/30/2014). Virtual Learning Environments as a Conduit for Increasing the application of Evidence-Based strategies within teacher Preparation. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference. Indianapolis, IN

Selected Grants

, , Leadership in Teaching Education Core- OSEP, . University (KU or KUMC).

Selected Awards & Honors

Grace M. Phinney Scholarship

School of Education Achievement Scholarship
2011 - Present

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