Nancy Turner

Professor, Master of Autism Studies Chair, Department of Education

"The Master of Autism Studies program will give students of all disciplines the opportunity to learn invaluable information so as to enhance the lives of those with autism. I look forward to teaching in this very important and unique new program."

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I instituted the Mild Intervention program in the Education Department at Saint Mary's. This program gives teacher candidates the opportunity to engage in studies that will make them eligible for Indiana licensure in Special Education - Mild Intervention together with Elementary Education. I currently teach several courses in this undergraduate Mild Intervention program, including the foundations and methods courses. In the graduate Autism Studies Program, my course will examine relevant facets of the general and special education systems and applicable classroom strategies/ interventions for those with autism.


EdD, Andrews University
MS, Youngstown University
BS, Bowling Green State University

Area of Expertise

Special education
Teacher education

Research Interests

Inclusive educational practices
Literacy education
Teacher education

Graduate Courses Taught

AUST 570: Autism and Education

Professional Experience

Saint Mary's College Chair of Education Department, 2015-present
Saint Mary's College Professor of Education, 1990-present
Grades K-12 special/general education teacher, 1978-1986

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education

Recent Presentations, Lectures or Addresses

"Inclusion and Autism: Strategies for Elementary Teachers," Young Adult Institute (YAI) International Conference, New York, NY, May 1, 2014 (with M. Traxler).


Turner, N. (2013). Bibliotherapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Making inclusion work. Electronic Journal of Inclusive Education, (3)1.