Ruth Jefferson
Ruth Jefferson
Associate Professor of Special Education
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 741

About Ruth Jefferson

 Dr. Jefferson holds many teaching and administrative certifications including the areas of reading, learning disabilities, mild disabilities, elementary education, and special education administration. She has conducted research primarily in the areas of Response to Intervention (RTI), evidence-based practices in reading, and at-risk youth, as well as issues related to sustainability, and higher education/community engagement.

Professional Experience

 Dr. Jefferson has extensive experience in PreK-12 education, both in teaching and in administration. After entering academia, Dr. Jefferson led many Immersive Learning Projects, including six years of the High Riding Art and Equestrian Camp for campers with disabilities and a federally-funded (National Institute of Justice) three-year project, TEAM2, aimed at improving literacy in at-risk youth in a juvenile treatment facility. She has also taught courses in assessment, special education law, special education methods, and others.


B.S. Ball State University Education

M.A. Ball State University Education

Ed.D. Ball State University Special Education

Research and Publications

Jefferson, R. E., Grant, Grant, C. E., & Sander, J. B. (2017). Effects of tier I differentiation and reading intervention on reading fluency, comprehension, and high-stakes measures. Reading Psychology, 38(1). 97-124. DOI: 10.1080/02702711.2016.1235648

Albrecht, S. F., Mathur, S., Jones, R. E., & Alazemi, S. (2015). Effects of a school-wide tiered model of social skills intervention on school climate. Education and Treatment of Children with Behavior Disorders, 38(4), 565-586.

Harvey, M., Yssel, N. & Jones, R. E. (2015).Response to intervention preparation for preservice teachers: What is the status for Midwest institutions of higher education. Teacher Education and Special Education, 38(2). 105-120. DOI: 10.1177/08884064145448598

Clarke, L. S., Embury, D. C., Jones, R. E., & Yssel, N. (2014). Supporting students with disabilities during school crises: A teacher's guide. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 46(6), 169-178.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Intro to Mild Interv 271 1 1830 - 2110 R BB, room 109
Tchng Methods Mild I 376 1 1830 - 2110 W TC, room 412
Research in Special 636 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE