Martha Elford

School of Education and Human Sciences - Special Education
Lecturer Emerita
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall,
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Second office:


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 Incidence Area Committee

2015-Present Personnel Preparations Program Committee



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

SPED 741: Methods and Assessment: Literacy Interventions for Struggling Learners & Students with High-Incidence Disabilities

SPED 854 Family and Interprofessional Collaboration in Special Education

Selected Publications

Knight, J., Elford, M. D., Hock, M. F., Dunekack, D., Bradley, B., Deshler, D. D., & Knight, D. (2015). The Instructional Coaching Style: Essential Skills for Instructional Coaching.
Elford, M. D., James, S. M., & Haynes-Smith, H. (2014). Literacy Instruction for re-Serice Educators in Virtual Learning Environments. In Proceedings from the Inaugural National TLE TeachLIVE Conference at the University of Central Florida.
Elford, M. D. (2013). Using Tele-Coaching to increase behavior specific praise delivered by secondary teachers in an augmented reality learning environment. .
Elford, M., Aronin, S., & Carter, R. (2013). Virtual Reality Check.
Elford, M. D. (2011). TLSES: TeachLivE simulation Experience Survey. .

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. (4/30/2014). Toward Social Validation of augmented Reality simulation in Special Education teacher Preparation. American Education Research Association Conference. Philadelphia, PA
Knowltion, E., & Elford, M. (4/30/2014). 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. Submitted 1/1/2017. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Not Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

Fulbright Specialist 2018-2021: Fulbright Finland, 2018
2018 - 2021
Grace M. Phinney Scholarship
School of Education Achievement Scholarship
2011 - Present

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