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About Victoria Caruana, Ph.D.

Victoria Caruana is an assistant professor of Special Education at Regis University in Denver, CO. She also has worked as an instructor at the University of South Florida and as an adjunct professor of education at both St. Petersburg College and Clearwater Christian College. She was the Coordinator of the Center for Gifted Studies in Dunedin, FL, a former public school teacher, and parent turned writer who seeks to educate and encourage kids and those who live and work with them to strive for excellence. Her best-selling book Apples & Chalkdust has sold more than 600,000 copies. She has written more than 80 articles and 20 books and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. Vicki speaks at educational, parenting, homeschooling, and writers’ conferences. She conducts seminars about parents as partners, success in school, character building, and other topics that build bridges between home and school. She has written curriculum for school districts, online correspondence courses, and online learning modules.


Present Assistant Professor, Special Education, Regis University
Present Instructor and doctoral candidate, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Transformative Learning, Special Education teacher preparation, Significant learning, and Inclusive education

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Honors and Awards

  • Leadership in Teacher Education for Special Education scholarship
  • ING Unsung Heroes Award, in recognition of innovation and excellence in education
  • The Gold Book Award, in recognition of more than 500,000 copies sold of Apples & Chalkdust (Honor Bks., 1998)


  • Narrative Perspectives on Exceptionality
  • Methods in Special Education
  • Capstone in Reflective Teaching
  • Development of Research Proposal
  • Research Project
  • Foundations of Special Education
  • Assessment of Exceptional Students
  • Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Curriculum & Instruction: Integrated Curriculum
  • Career/Vocational Assessment & Instructional Planning
  • Nature & Needs of Exceptional Students

Contact Information

Regis University
7450 Campus Drive
Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
(303) 964-5066 Office


Articles (2)

Books (3)

Podcasts & Interviews (1)