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About Cathy Galyon Keramidas

Dr. Galyon Keramidas is an Associate Professor and teaches early childhood special education courses. She is a former birth-3 interventionist, a preschool teacher for children with special needs, and a K-5th grade teacher of children with comprehensive disabilities. She earned her B.A. at UT-Knoxville, her M.A. at Tennessee Tech, and her Ed. D. at University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to ETSU Dr. Galyon Keramidas was a professor at West Virginia University. Her research interests are adult online learners, assistive technology for young children with disabilities and autism.


Present Chair and Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University Educational Foundations and Special Education, Clemmer College

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2007 - Present Managing Editor, Rural Special Education Quarterly
2005 - Present Member, American Council for Rural Special Education
2005 - Present Member, Division on Developmental Disabilities of CEC
2004 - Present Member, Teacher Education Division of CEC
2004 - Present Member, Technology and Media Division of CEC
2003 - Present Member, Council for Exceptional Children
2003 - Present Member, Division of Early Childhood of CEC
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Honors and Awards

  • 1995 - Phi Lambda Theta Honor Society, inducted
  • 1996 - Phi Kappa Phi honor Society, inducted
  • 2003-2005 - Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship, University of Kentucky
  • 2006 - Research Proposal Award for Dissertation, American Council on Rural Special Education
  • 2008 - Outstanding Teaching of the Year, College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University
  • 2010 - Nominated for Outstanding Teaching of the Year, College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University
  • 2012 - Outstanding Teaching of the Year, College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University
  • 2012 - University of Kentucky Post Doctoral Fellowship


  • SPED 5825 - Preclinical Experience in Special Education
  • SPED 5560 - Advanced Practicum in Special Education
  • SPED 5500 - History, Issues and Trends of the Exceptional Learner
  • SPED 5470 - Assessment of Exceptional Learning Needs
  • SPED 5445 - Applications of Assistive Technology
  • SPED 5060 - Professional Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education
  • SPED 5050 - Assessment & Progress Monitoring of Young Children w/ Exceptional Needs (Online)
  • SPED 5040 - Intervention Practices with Infant, Toddlers, and Families (Online)
  • SPED 5030 - Instructional Practices for Exceptional Needs, Preschoolers (Online)
  • SPED 5020 - Instructional Practices for Exceptional Needs, K-3 (Online)
  • SPED 3322 - Early Intervention Strategies for the Exceptional Child
  • SPED 2300 - Exceptional Learners


2014 Certificate in Distance Education (Post Doctoral), University of Kentucky
December 2006 EdD, Special Education (Early Childhood), University of Kentucky
May 1996 MA, Special Education (Early Childhood), Tennessee Technological University
May 1992 BA, English Literature, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Contact Information

PO Box 70548
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: 423 War-Pickel
Phone: 423-439-7673


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