BatemanDr. David Bateman


Office: WRI 305

Phone: (717) 477 - 1460



Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia 

M.Ed, Special Education, College of William and Mary

Ph.D, Special Education, University of Kansas 


My research addresses special education policy, focusing on the resolution of special education lawsuits according to such factors as:  prevailing issues, socio-economics, and rural versus urban school systems. As a secondary field, I also examine the decision-making process used by teachers to select instructional methods, the application of such methods, and the dissemination of effective instructional methods to teachers. In the classroom as well as in presentations I have made over the past nineteen years, I have emphasized the use of scientifically-based research methods in the teaching of students with special needs. I encourage my students to evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of popular teaching methods, including: full inclusion, direct instruction, applied behavior analysis, class-wide peer tutoring, and developmentally appropriate practices. My own research ranges from implementing single-subject research designs involving students with learning disabilities, to, more currently, conducting meta analyses of teaching methods, and analyzing case studies in special education law.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in Special Education from the College of William and Mary, and a doctorate in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Before pursuing my Ph.D., I worked as a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mental retardation, and hearing impairments. For the past nineteen-years, I have been a professor of special education. My classes include: Special Education Law, Educational Research, Introduction to Special Education, Inclusive Education, and Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, among others. For ten years, I also served as a Due Process Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, presiding over 580 disputes between school districts and children and youth with disabilities and their families.
In addition to my teaching and legal work, I have also co-authored several books focusing primarily on guiding administrators and principals through the maze of special education (The Special Education Program Administrators Handbook, Allyn and Bacon, 2007; and A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 2006, one of their best selling books). Finally, for the past twenty years, I have been active with the Council for Exceptional Children, starting as an intern in their Governmental Relations Office in Washington, DC, and later serving as President of the state chapters of the CEC for Kansas, and later Pennsylvania, having coordinated their statewide conventions involving close to 1,000 attendees for each. I have also worked at the national level for CEC, as a member of the Professional Standards and Practices Standing Committee (2000-03), as well as Chair of the Ethics Committee, in charge of reviewing the code of ethics for all special educators (2000-03). Finally, on a more personal level, I have worked for the past sixteen summers, along with my family, as a camp counselor at a unique wilderness camp for adults with mental retardation.