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Note: Dr. McInerney retired on July 1, 2013. Best wishes!
Dr. Bill McInerney is Professor of Special Education. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983. He teaches courses in the areas of early childhood special education and parent and professional relations in special education. His focus is Personnel Preparation of Early Childhood Special Education teachers. Dr. McInerney is Director of Project ASSURE (USDOE-OSEP 2002-2007), Co-director of Project DIRECT Connections (USDOE-OSEP–2007-2011) and Co-director of Project DIRECT (Ohio Dept. of Education 2004-2008). He and his colleagues have an active professional interest in the instruction model and professional practices associated with Itinerant preschool SPED services (focus of Project DIRECT and Project DIRECT Connections). Dr. McInerney has directed or co-directed a number of USDOE-OSEP, multi-year grant awards in the areas of Personnel Preparation, Model Demonstration Programs and Projects of National Significance. He has secured approximately $6,000,000 in USDOE-OSEP and Ohio Dept. of Education competitive grant awards.
Dr. McInerney earned the A.B. from Villanova University, the M.Ed. from The University of Hartford, and the Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH). Dr. McInerney is certified in the area of severe disabilities and has professional experience as an administrator and teacher in public schools, state agencies and residential facilities that provided services to persons with special needs. He has served as a reviewer for Topics in Early Childhood Education, Education and Treatment of Children, Research and Practices for Persons with Severe Disabilities (Journal of Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps), and CEC Division of Physically Handicapped.Dr. McInerney currently advises graduate students in the areas of Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention and students seeking Ohio Dept. of Ed. licensure in early childhood special education. Individuals interested in the Early Education of the Handicapped validation (EEH) or the Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) license may contact him concerning the program of study.