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Dr. Mickey Pardew

Dr. Mickey Pardew

Professor, Division of Teacher Education

(503) 838-8765 | pardewm@wou.edu | RWEC 118

Ph.D. Education: Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (1996)
M.A. Counseling and Guidance: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota (1972)
B.A. Psychology: Elmira College, Elmira, New York (1969)




Mickey’s began her career as a teacher, counselor and child development specialist in early childhood education. She came to Western in 1985 as a graduate assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education joint campus with Oregon State University. She has been a Western Oregon University faculty member since 1988. She has taught in the Special Education program during this entire time while also splitting her work from 1991-1995 with Teaching Research Institute and federal inservice training grants for Early Intervention. Since1995 Mickey has enjoyed teaching and supervising graduate students preparing for careers in special education and coordinating EI-ECSE and K-12 Special Educator programs. Her representation of higher education programs on the Oregon Commission for Autism Spectrum Disorders led to the establishment of a new license/specialization for special education teacher-leaders.  Collaborative partnerships with school districts and agencies has been a career highlight for Mickey. Her vitae outlines her professional accomplishments over her career.


Mickey is grateful that her family of origin provided her with the experience of growing up with family members living with disabilities. She has dedicated her life work to sharing a family perspective and the importance of family partnerships in teacher training programs. Mickey is forever grateful to her late husband Tom for bringing her back to his birth state to live in 1974 and the pleasure of raising two amazing Oregonian sons. She has enjoyed every moment of her work at Western.


Special Education:
Early Intervention / Early Childhood / Elementary
Partnerships and Collaboration
Autism Spectrum Disorders


ASD Specialization Program
EI/ECSE Program
Special Educator


Favorite Links:
Northwest Autism Foundation
Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Resources
WOU ASD Specialization Program


Courses taught:


SPED 418: Survey of Special Education

SPED 447: Partnerships in Special Education

SPED 486: ASD: Foundations and Strategies


SPED 518: Survey of Special Education

SPED 547: Partnerships in Special Education

SPED 586: ASD: Foundations and Strategies

SPED 609: Practicum I & II Early Intervention/Special Education: Special Educator

SPED 639: Student Teaching EI/ECSE & Special Educator

SPED 671: Foundations of EI/ECSE

SPED 677: Collaborative Services in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (Birth – 8 yrs)



Link to Current Vita