Chelsea T. Morris, Ph.D.

Dr. Chelsea T. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Morris was a teacher in a children's hospital and later, a public school early childhood special education teacher. She is committed to thinking differently, and deeply, about what is good for children, utilizing culturally responsive practices, an ethic of care, and a willingness to take risks. Dr. Morris' current teaching and research projects focus on bias in the perceptions of children's behavior in early childhood, practice-based coaching and trauma informed care through the nationally recognized Pyramid Model framework, classroom leadership, collaboration, and environment conducive to positive behavior and relationships, and the engagement of communities and families in preschool and school improvement. 

  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education, James Madison University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, University of Miami, 2018

Spring 2021 Sections

  • SPED-6761 (Classroom Behavior Management) Section: E01
  • SPED-7729 (Special Education Law) Section: E02

Fall 2020 Sections

  • SPED-7722 (Collaboration in Spec Edu) Section: E01

Summer 2020 Sections

  • SPED-7722 (Collaboration in Spec Edu) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • ECED-3271 (Curr,Instrct,Clssrm Mgt PreK-5) Section: 01
  • SPED-4713 (Collaboration in Sch Settings) Section: E02
  • SPED-4713 (Collaboration in Sch Settings) Section: 01

Fall 2019 Sections

  • ECED-3271 (Curr,Instrct,Clssrm Mgt PreK-5) Section: 01
  • ECED-3271 (Curr,Instrct,Clssrm Mgt PreK-5) Section: 02
  • ECED-7265 (Parent Ed/Teach Chld Care Wkrs) Section: E01

Summer 2019 Sections

  • ECED-7262 (Investigating Language Arts) Section: E02
  • ECED-7273 (Family/Comm Inv for Sch Improv) Section: E02
  • ECED-7273 (Family/Comm Inv for Sch Improv) Section: E01

Spring 2019 Sections

  • ECED-3271 (Curr,Instrct,Clssrm Mgt PreK-5) Section: 01
  • ECED-7266 (The Young Child: Home & Commun) Section: E01
  • ECED-7272 (Classrm Mgmt Early Grades(P-5)) Section: E01

Fall 2018 Sections

  • ECED-3271 (Curr,Instrct,Clssrm Mgt PreK-5) Section: 02
  • ECSE-4783 (Practicum I) Section: 02
  • ECED-7265 (Parent Ed/Teach Chld Care Wkrs) Section: E01

Summer 2018 Sections

  • ECED-7273 (Family/Comm Inv for Sch Improv) Section: E02

Cavendish, W., Morris, C. T., Chapman, L. A., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L., & Kibler, K. (2019). Teacher perceptions of implementation practices to support secondary students in special education. Preventing School Failure.

Bulotsky-Shearer, R., Bichay-Awadalla, K., Futterer, J., Morris, C. T., & Bailey, J. (2020). Internal and External Influences on Young Children’s Development. In DuPaul, G. (Eds.), Promoting Healthy Growth and Development in Young Children: Bridging the

Morris, C. T. (2017). Preventing the preschool-to-prison pipeline: Examining preschool discipline policy recommendations. Roosevelt House Faculty Journal, New York, NY. [View Publication External Resource]

Chapman, L. A., & Morris, C. T. (2018). From caring to cared for: Prioritizing an ethic of care for special educators. In K. N. Daniels & K. Billingsley (Eds.), Creating Caring and Supportive Educational Environments for Meaningful Learning (Advances in Ed

Morris, C. T. & Chidester, R. (2018). Common purpose, uncommon results: A collaborative approach to early literacy in children with Down syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, Spring/Summer 2018.

Elbaum, B., Sanchez-Sarno, A., Morris, C. T., & Celimli-Aksoy, S. (2016). Florida ESE parent survey: Ten years of measuring schools’ facilitation of parental involvement. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.