Cathy Kea


Cathy Kea
College of Education

Educator Preparation

Proctor Hall 247
B.A.Elementary Education / North Carolina Central University
M.S.Education / University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse
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 (1997). (Reconnecting with African–American families). (1) 2, pp. 57-61. Reaching Today’s Youth.
  • E. Bacon, Cathy Kea (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 (1998). (To Teach Me is to Know Me). (1) 32, pp. 44-47. The Journal of Special Education.
  • G. Cartledge, Cathy Kea, D. Ida (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.
  • Cathy Kea, S. Trent, C. Davis (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 (2002). (Serious Emotional Disturbance: Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Their Families). (1) 11, pp. 113-126. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  • Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley, K. Bratton (2003). (Culturally Responsive Assessment for African American Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges). (1) 29, pp. 24-38. Assessment for Effective Intervention Journal.
  • M. Anderson, K. Beard, B. Delgado, Cathy Kea, E. Raymond, N. Singh, G. Sugai, B. Townsend, D. Voltz, G. Webb-Johnson (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, J. Penny, L. Bowman (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.
  • Cathy Kea, G. Campbell-Whatley, H. Richards (2004). (Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: Rethinking Teacher Education Pedagogy). National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems.
  • S. McKinney, G. Campbell-Whatley, 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.
  • S. Trent, Cathy Kea, K. Oh. (2008). ( Preparing Preservice Educators for Cultural Diversity: How Far Have We Come?). (3) 74, pp. 328-350. Exceptional Children.
  • 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 (2009). (Creating Culturally Responsive Instruction: For Students' and Teachers' Sake). (9) 41, pp. 1-16. Focus on Exceptional Children.
  • 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.
  • Stanley Trent, Melissa Driver, Diane Rodriguez, Kevin Oh, Shavon Stewart, Cathy Kea, Alfredo Artilles (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.
  • Robert Montalvo, Bertina Combes, 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.
  • Gwendolyn Cartledge, Cathy Kea, Martreece Watson, Alaina Oif (2016). (Special Education Disproportionality: A Review of Responses to Intervention and Culturally Relvant Pedagogy). (1) 16, pp. 1-21. Multiple Voices.
  • Cathy Kea, Edward Polloway, James Patton, Loretta Serna, Jenevie Bailey-Joseph (2018). (Culturally Responsive Classrooms). (Strategies for Teaching Learners with Special Needs) (11th Edition) pp. pg. 322. Pearson.