Research & Service

Dr. Corr is interested in supporting the well-being of young children with disabilities (birth-8years old) and their families. Dr. Corr addresses issues of maltreatment, abuse, neglect, trauma, toxic stress, and poverty in the context of early childhood special education research, policy, personnel preparation, and practice. Dr. Corr also examines ways to utilize mixed methods approaches to social inquiry in special education.


Co-Principal Investigator Project STePS, Preparing Leaders in Special Education, Technology, Research, Policy, and Cultural, Linguistic, and Socioeconomic Diversity, U.S. Department of Education, 2019 - 2024

Co-Principal Investigator TI3: Trauma-Informed Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, and Social Work, U.S. Department of Education, 2019 - 2024

Co-Principal Investigator Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map Project (IECAM), Illinois State Board of Education, 2017 - 2019


Infants and Young Children 2019 - 2024

Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 2017 - present


Mixed Method Inquiry This advanced course addresses the theory and practice of mixing inquiry methodologies in program evaluation and applied research. Topics include selected roots of mixed inquiry, various stances on mixing philosophical traditions while mixing methods, conceptualizations of mixed method design and analysis, and challenges of mixed method practice. Students should have basic familiarity with experimental or survey (quantitative) with and constructivist or interpretivist (qualitative) social science. Familiarity with other social science frameworks (e.g., critical theory, feminism, action science) is also highly desirable. Same as SPED 575. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for Letter and S/U grading.

Introduction to ECSE Overview of the history, trends, and issues of the field of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) with particular attention to federal and state policy, service system models, and professional roles and ethics. Emphasis is on current research, theory, and practice. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours.

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. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Mixed Method Inquiry Same as EPSY 575. See EPSY 575.

Individual Differences: B to 6 Examines major developmental themes in young children from birth to six. Emphasizes individual differences resulting from environmental and biological factors that influence development, including those resulting from disabilities. Focuses on integration among multiple domains of development.

Corr, Catherine

Assistant Professor, Special Education



Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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