Special and Counselor Education

Graduate School of Education

Ann Fullerton, PH.D

Department Chair



I joined the faculty in special education at PSU in 1990. It is a delight and privilege to work with students of many ages and backgrounds who are becoming talented and passionate teachers. I am very proud of the innovative teacher education programs we have developed because they provide the preparation needed to teach in today’s schools.





Within special education, I’m interested in helping

adolescents gain the self-knowledge, life skills, and

self-determination needed for the transition to adulthood.

 I teach across several areas in special education

including literacy, assessment, and collaboration. In the

undergraduate course “Careers in Special Education” I

share with students the many career paths possible for

teachers in special education.






Another passion is the PSU senior capstone course “Learning From and About Persons with Significant Disabilities” in which undergraduates learn about persons with significant autism, physical or cognitive challenges while serving as camp counselors for two weeks. Students learn valuable lessons about human diversity and themselves through this experiential service-focused course.


Mailing address:

Dept of Special & Counselor Education

Graduate School of Education

Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751

Contact Information

Office 219 ED

615 SW Harrison

Phone: 503-725-4254
Fax: 503-725-5599
E-mail: FullertonA@pdx.edu