Key Professional Appointments

Visiting Research Assistant Professor/Project CoordinatorSpecial Education (SPARK), University of Illinois, 2001 - present

Visiting Research Assistant Professor/Co-PI and Project CoordinatorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2000 - present

Research Assistant ProfessorSpecial Education (PIWI Outreach), University of Illinois, 1997 - 1999

Visiting Assistant Professor/Project CoordinatorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 1992 - 1997


Ph.D., Special Education, University of Illinois, 1993

M.Ed., Rehabilitation and Special Education, Auburn University, 1978

B.S., Rehabilitation and Special Education, Auburn University, 1976

Awards, Honors, Associations

Doctoral Student AwardDivision of Early ChildhoodCouncil for Exceptional Children, 1992 - 1992


McCollum, J., Gooler, F., Appl, D., & Yates, T. (2001) PIWI: Enhancing parent-child interaction as a foundation for early intervention Infants and Young Children 14 (1), 34-45

McCollum, J., Yates, T., Gooler, F., & Bruns, D. (2001) Using "DOTs" to support parents as developmental observers during parent-child groups Young Exceptional Children, Monograph Series No. 3 , 1-12

Felner, R., Yates-Felner, T., Silverman, M., & Yates, T. (2000) Prevention in mental health issues and social intervention: Conceptual and methodological issues in the evolution of the science and practice of prevention. Handbook of Community Psychology: Plenum

Yates, T. (2000) Building structure into home settings Early Childhood Report


Senior PersonnelDELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2011


CoordinatorMidwest Region, Division of Early Childhood Association (DEC), Council for Exceptional Children, 1996 - 2000

Membership ChairIllinois Division of Early Childhood Association (IDEC), Council for Exceptional Children, 1999 - present

SecretaryIllinois Division of Early Childhood Association (DEC), Council for Exceptional Children, 1995 - 1999

MemberHuman Resource Committee (Personnel Subcommittee), Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention, 1992 - present


The Culture of Disability The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the culture of disability across the lifespan. The impact of disabilities on an individual across the lifespan will be explored, and the unique culture that is created by having a disability will be addressed. The historical basis for the disability movement and special education will be addressed, including legislation and litigation that has had a significant impact on the field. Students also will learn about the characteristics of individuals with diverse abilities as well as current trends in educational services.

Curriculum and Methods in ECSE Introduction to the field of early childhood special education, including its history and major issues; instructional methods used in teaching and facilitating development in young children with disabilities are covered in depth. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in SPED 524 or consent of instructor.

Supervised Prac in SPED Supervised practice in one or more settings in which students with mild to severe disabilities are served; practicum settings may include day, residential, special, and regular schools which serve students with disabilities. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in special education; consent of supervising faculty member. Class Schedule Information: Student teaching fee required. A per hour fee will be charged. The fee is determined by the yearly total rate approved by the Board of Trustees.

Tweety Yates

Research Assistant Professor, Special Education



88 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign, IL 61820

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