Mary K. Requa, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Special Education, mild/moderate disabilities program. Her primary teaching responsibilities include courses related to understanding, assessing, and instructing individuals with mild/moderate disabilities including methods and materials to promote successful learning outcomes for typical and atypical learners of all ages. Dr. Requa’s primary research interests include early literacy, vocabulary development, and family engagement.
- PhD., Special Education, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University, 2017
- Educational Therapy, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
- California Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, Los Angeles, 1978
- B.A., Liberal Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 1977
- Requa, M. K. Vocabulary Development through Shared Storybook Reading with Preschool Parents AKA: Big Words for Little People. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 2017.
- Requa, M. K. & Cunningham, A. E. Fostering Children’s Language Development Through Lively Conversations with Text. Paper presented at the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, October 2016.
- Requa, M. K. Vocabulary Development through Shared Storybook Reading with Preschool Parents, AKA: Big Words for Little People. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference for the University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk, January 2016.
- Courey, S., Tappe, P., & Requa, M. K. Supporting scaffolded responses. Paper presented at the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA: February 2015.
- Tappe, P. & Requa, M. K. Strategic tools to scaffold constructed responses. Paper presented at the 2014 California Educational Research Association (CERA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: December 2014.
- Requa, M. K.*, Gat Savaldi Harussi*, & Yi-Jui Chen (Iva)* Reading assessments and reading acquisition…what works? Poster presented at the University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities and Developmental Risk (UCCSPEDDR), January 2014.
- Cunningham, A. E. & Requa, M. K. Effective Teaching Strategies for Special Education K-3 Students in Reading: Meeting the Common Core Standards. Paper presented at the Council of Administrators of Special Education Annual Conference, CEC, Indianapolis, IN: September 2013.
Honors and Awards
- 2015 – 2016: The Sujata Krishna Fellowship for Research in Early Childhood Development
- 2015-2016: Graduate School of Education Fellowship Award
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: Dyslexia Award, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education