Allison McGrath

Allison Mcgrath



Roush 441

Assistant Professor
Department of Education

Dr. Allison McGrath is a former middle school special education teacher. Her teaching experience mostly involved working with individuals with high incidence disabilities. During her 13 years teaching 8th grade special education, Dr. McGrath taught self-contained and co-taught mathematics as well as co-taught science.

At Otterbein, Dr. McGrath teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for individuals seeking an Intervention Specialist licensure. She also teaches Exceptional Children, an introduction to special education course for adolescent education majors. Additionally, Dr. McGrath enjoys connecting with teacher academies in school districts across Ohio to support the development of future teachers.


  • PhD, Special Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2016
  • MEd, Special Education, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2008
  • BS, Elementary and Special Education, Indiana University, 2005
  • Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Areas of Research: Students with learning disabilities, science education, and inclusion.
  • Creative/Professional Work: Teacher Shortage, Diversifying the Teaching Profession, Teacher Academies
  • Publications

  • McGrath, A. & Hughes, M. T. (2021). Experiences of a student with learning disability in science: Supporting students to enhance learning. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 16(1), 133-149. ISSN 2325-7466
  • McGrath, A., & Hughes, M. T. (2018). Students with learning disabilities in science classrooms: A cross case analysis. Learning Disability Quarterly, 41(3), 131-143
  • McGrath, A., & Hughes, M. T. (2016). Students learning in science inclusive classrooms. In Pec, S. S. (Ed.), STEM Education: SIB Volume 9 (pp. 36-41). Stuyvesant Falls, New York: Rapid Intellect Group.
  • McGrath, A. & Hughes, M. T. (2014). Students with learning disabilities in science. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 18(3), 139-144.
  • Affiliations & Awards

  • New Teacher of the Year Nominee Otterbein University, 2019-2020 & 2020-2021
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)