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Toni M. Franklin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education


Dr. Toni Franklin

Dr. Toni Franklin

Position: Associate Professor of Special Education, MAT/MEd Special Education Program Coordinator
Office: Frank Brown Hall 3335
Phone: 706-565-1412


Ph.D., Special Education, Auburn University, 2011

Dissertation: The Self Perceived Level of Preparation of Pre-Service General Education Teachers to Instruct Students with Disabilities in an Inclusion Setting.

Specialty Area

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in inclusive settings

Inclusive post-secondary education of students with Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities


Toni Franklin, Ph.D is currently an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling Department at Columbus State University. Prior to coming to higher education, she taught for 14 years in the public schools as a special education teacher and a 4th grade general education teacher. Her research interest includes preparation of teachers in the use of culturally relevant pedagogy in inclusive settings and providing inclusive post-secondary educational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. In addition to serving as co-director for The GOALS program at CSU, she also currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) and is the Vice-President of the Georgia Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (GaCEC).
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