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Dr. Cindy Ryan

Dr. Cindy Ryan

Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

(503) 838-8605 | ryanc@wou.edu | RWEC 124

Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Educational Administration K-12 Principal, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, MN
M.S. in Special Education: University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN
B.S. Early and Exceptional Education, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN




Dr. Cindy Ryan has over 18 years of experience in early intervention/early childhood special education, teaching in inclusive programs across the country. Cindy also has experience in school administration, serving as Early Childhood and Special Education Coordinator for two school districts before moving in higher education.
In addition, Cindy is a proud mother of three grown children, and grandmother to Zephyr, an amazing toddler. Cindy and her dog, Nico, enjoy living close to campus, where Nico loves to chase squirrels and the local cats.


Courses taught:



ED 220 Introduction to Early Childhood
ED 320D Typical and Atypical Development
ED 322 Early Childhood Motor Development & Movement Education
ED 323 Health & Safety Practices in the Early Childhood Environment
ED 326 Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
ED 345 Designing Early Childhood Environments
ED 368 Science & Social Studies in Early Childhood Settings
ED 370D Special Education and Inclusive Communities
ED 371D Inclusive Practices in EC Settings
ED 382W ECE Family and Community Involvement
ED 404, 405, 429 Student Teaching Seminar
ED 411, 412, 498 Field Experience
ED 442W Human Development and Learning Through Literacy
ED 443 Developing Literacy
ED 450 Authorization Specialty: Classroom Management


ED 633 Research and Writing
ED 689 Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the Classroom


Link to Current Vita