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Rebecca Bodish, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education
(563) 588-6621
Mary Jo Hall 120
MS 1733 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

BA in Elementary Education- Loras College

Special Education Certification-University of Dubuque

MAE Education with an emphasis in Inclusion Education-University of New England

EdD in Education with emphasis in Special Education-Northcentral University

Teaching Philosophy

My job is to recognize what experiences and knowledge my students bring to the classroom. From there, my role is to facilitate a safe, caring environment where students feel comfortable sharing, questioning, reflecting and learning.

The faculty and staff at Clarke are genuinely caring and supportive of students and each other. The environment at Clarke is one that fosters and encourages growth for students and faculty alike. I thoroughly enjoy working at Clarke.

Rebecca Bodish


Professional Background

My teaching experience ranges from kindergarten through college. Previously I served as an art teacher and principal at The David School, in David, Kentucky, and a K-6 special education teacher for Dubuque Community School District. I am currently in my sixth year at Clarke. I teach mainly special education methods courses in the professional development school. I love that my position allows me to work with Clarke pre-service teachers, K-12 educators, and K-12 students. It’s the best of both worlds!

Research Interests

I am passionate about advocating for students with special needs, but my current research interest is to examine the impact service-learning and project-based learning has for students at risk, more specifically, students in poverty.

Courses Taught

EDSP 301 Strategic Academic Learning

EDSP 401 Preventing and Remediation of Challenging Behaviors

EDSP 402 Collaborative Teaming

EDSP 300 Assessment and Evaluation in Special Education

EDSP 200 Foundations of Special Education

EDSP 202 Including Everyone

EDSP 201 Selecting Behavioral Interventions

EDSP 400 Special Education Practicum

Certifications and Memberships

National Association for Professional Development Schools, NAPDS (member)

Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (IACTE)

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)