Donna Begley

Senior Instructor, Literacy Studies
Areas of Expertise
Classroom Instruction, Family Engagement, K-12 Education, Learning Disabilities, Learning Processes, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Reading Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Test Development and Validation


Donna Begley, PhD is a Senior Instructor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education. She has taught at the post-secondary level for twelve years in the areas of literacy, assessment, linguistics and methods and policies in special education. 

In her career in education, Dr. Begley has taught math and science in grades 5-8 and has served as a multi-categorical resource and reading specialist, school psychometrist, district program director, instructional coach, and clinical professor.

Dr. Begley is currently a member of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Association’s Board of Directors and is focused on infusing preventative interventions for those who struggle with language and literacy development.


Ph.D Special Education Administration, Southern Illinois University, 1982 
MEd Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching and Assessment, College of William and Mary, 1976
BS University of Alaska, Southern Oregon University, 1972