Cathy Kea


North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Proctor Hall 247
M.S.Education / University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
B.A.Elementary Education / North Carolina Central University
M.S.Education / University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
B.A.Elementary Education / North Carolina Central University
Ph.D.Education / University of Kansas
OtherSpecial Education / University of Virginia


Dr. Cathy Kea is a Professor of Special Education at North Carolina A&T State University. Dr. Kea’s research interest and engagement focuses on the intersection between general education, special education, and multicultural education- a trilogy to be transformed. Her current research focuses on preparing teachers to design and deliver culturally responsive instruction in urban classrooms and ways to infuse diversity throughout course syllabi and teacher preparation programs.

Research Interests

Dr. Kea is an accomplished scholar who is widely recognized in her field. She is the recipient of the NC-CEC's 2020 Felix S. Barker Special Education Leadership Award and the 2019 recipient of the University of Kansas Leadership to the Special Education Field Award. She has authored and co-authored 30 refereed journal articles, monographs & book chapters and has been a continuous recipient of OSEP personnel preparation grants totaling over $6 million in scholarship support. Kea's research focuses on preparing preservice teachers to design and deliver culturally responsive instruction in urban classrooms and ways to infuse diversity throughout course syllabi and teacher preparation programs. Her recent longitudinal works examine how preservice teacher candidates who are being exposed to cross-cultural experiences and culturally responsive strategies during coursework, infuse them in lesson plan development & delivery, clinical practices and induction years.

Recent Publications

  • Cathy Kea, Edward Polloway (2018). (Culturally Responsive Classrooms). (Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs) (11th Edition) pp. pg. 322 ). Pearson.
  • Gwendolyn Cartledge, Cathy Kea, Martreece Watson, Alaina Oif, Gwendolyn Cartledge, Cathy Kea (2016). (Special Education Disproportionality: A Review of Responses to Intervention and Culturally Relvant Pedagogy). (1) 16, pp. 1-21 ). Multiple Voices.
  • Robert Montalvo, Bertina Combes, Cathy Kea, Robert Montalvo, Cathy Kea (2014). (Perspectives On Culturally and Linguistically Responsive RtI Pedagogics Through A Cultural and Linguistic Lens). (3) 4, pp. 203-214 ). Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning.
  • Stanley Trent, Melissa Driver, Diane Rodriguez, Kevin Oh, Shavon Stewart, Cathy Kea, Alfredo Artilles, Stanley Trent, Cathy Kea (2014). (Beyond Brown: Empirical research on diverse learners with or at-risk for specific learning disabilities from 1994-2014). (2) 14, pp. 12-29 ). Multiple Voices.
  • Cathy Kea, Stanley Trent, Cathy Kea, Stanley Trent (2013). (Providing Culturally Responsive Teaching In Field-Based and Student Teaching Experiences: A Case Study). (2) 3, pp. 81-100 ). Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning.
  • , Cathy Kea, Cathy Kea (2009). (Connecting Rural African American Families with Differentiated Home Learning Instruction For Their Preschoolers). (4) 28, pp. 10-20 ). Rural Special Education Quarterly.
  • Donna Ford, Cathy Kea, Donna Ford, Cathy Kea (2009). (Creating Culturally Responsive Instruction: For Students' and Teachers' Sake). (9) 41, pp. 1-16 ). Focus on Exceptional Children.
  • S. Trent, Cathy Kea, K. Oh., Cathy Kea, S. Trent (2008). ( Preparing Preservice Educators for Cultural Diversity: How Far Have We Come?). (3) 74, pp. 328-350 ). Exceptional Children.
  • S. McKinney, G. Campbell-Whatley, Cathy Kea, S. McKinney, Cathy Kea (2005). (Managing Student Behavior in Urban Classrooms: The Role of Teacher ABC Assessments). (1) 79, pp. 16-20 ). The Clearing House on Urban Education, 79 (1), 16–20.
  • Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley, H. Richards, Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley (2004). (Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: Rethinking Teacher Education Pedagogy). ). National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.
  • Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley, K. Bratton, Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley (2003). (Culturally Responsive Assessment for African American Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges). (1) 29, pp. 24-38 ). Assessment for Effective Intervention Journal.
  • Cathy Kea, J. Penny, L. Bowman, J. Penny, Cathy Kea (2003). (The Experiences of African American Students in Special Education Master’s Programs at Traditionally White Institutions). (4) 26, pp. 273-287 ). Teacher Education and Special Education.
  • M. Anderson, K. Beard, B. Delgado, Cathy Kea, E. Raymond, N. Singh, G. Sugai, B. Townsend, D. Voltz, G. Webb-Johnson, M. Anderson, Cathy Kea (2003). (Excerpts from Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Youth and Their Families: Promising Practices in Assessment, Instruction, and Personnel). (2) 12, pp. 12-16 ). Beyond Behavior.
  • Cathy Kea, S. Trent, C. Davis, Cathy Kea, S. Trent (2002). (African American Student Teachers' Perceptions About Preparedness to Teach Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds). (1) 4, pp. 18-25 ). Multicultural Perspectives.
  • G. Cartledge, Cathy Kea, E. Reed-Simmons, G. Cartledge, Cathy Kea (2002). (Serious Emotional Disturbance: Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Their Families). (1) 11, pp. 113-126 ). Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  • G. Cartledge, Cathy Kea, D. Ida, G. Cartledge, Cathy Kea (2000). (Anticipating Differences – Celebrating Strengths: Providing Culturally Competent Services for Children and Youth With Serious Emotional Disturbance). (3) 32, pp. 30-37 ). Teaching Exceptional Children.
  • E. Bacon, Cathy Kea, Cathy Kea, E. Bacon (1998). (Crossing the continental divide: Connecting African–American and Appalachian students through preprofessional conferences). (2) 9, pp. 86-108 ). North Carolina Journal of Teacher Education.
  • Cathy Kea, C. Utley, Cathy Kea, C. Utley (1998). (To Teach Me is to Know Me). (1) 32, pp. 44-47 ). The Journal of Special Education.
  • , Cathy Kea, Cathy Kea (1997). (Reconnecting with African–American families). (1) 2, pp. 57-61 ). Reaching Today’s Youth.