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John Taylor

Assistant Professor of Education



John Taylor

Assistant Professor of Education

Academic area: Education


Professor Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Education at Garrett College. Professor Taylor has worked in the field of Special Education and Community Health for the past 32 years as a public school teacher, consultant, and Health and Special Education professor.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D in Special Education with a Minor in Community Health, West Virginia University, 1993
  • M.S. in Community Health Promotion, West Virginia University, 1995
  • M.S. in School Health Education: Health Education 5-12, West Virginia University, 1995
  • M.A. in Special Education: Behavioral Disorders K-12, West Virginia University, 1989
  • B.S. in Secondary Education: Biological Sciences 7-12 & Social Sciences 7-9, West Virginia University, 1986


  • State of West Virginia Teaching Certificates: Autism, Grades K-Adult, Behavior Disorders, Grades K-Adult, Biological Sciences, Grades 7-Adult, Health Education, Grades 5-Adult, Mentally Impaired, Grades K-Adult, Social Studies, Grades 7-9, & Specific Learning Disabilities, Grades K-Adult
  • State of New York Teaching Certificate: Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Grades K-12
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI)
  • Therapy Dogs International Active Volunteer (TDIA) Certificate
  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • Behavior Management

Research Interests

  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • Behavior Management
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sex Education

Awards & Honors

  • Named one of Top Five West Virginia Professors of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, 2011.
  • West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Member of the Year Award, 2004.
  • Glenville State College Outstanding Faculty Award, 2003.


  • Former Journal Reviewer for Educational Renaissance the Journal of the Renaissance Group.
  • Former Journal Reviewer for School-University Partnerships the Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools.
  • Taylor, J. (2010). Success Stories in Special Education: Zack Taylor. Council for Exceptional Children Federal Outlook for Special Education. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Reviewer for the Asperger's Disorder Evaluation Scale developed by Hawthorne Educational Services. 2009.
  • Textbook Review of Special Education for All Teachers by Colarusso for Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company and Content Connections. 2007.


  • EDU 101: Early Childhood Education I
  • EDU 102: Early Childhood II: Curriculum
  • EDU 105: Career Analysis in Education
  • EDU 201: Foundations of Education
  • EDU 210: Introduction to the Exceptional Individual
  • EDU 251: Adapting Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDU 275: Teaching Laboratory
  • HEA 209: Health and Physical Education for the Elementary Classroom
  • HEA 234: School Health Content


  • Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary School Students. Grant County Schools. Petersburg, WV. May 2017.
  • Parental Concerns Regarding the Education and Transition of Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities. West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children. Weston, WV. March 2017.
  • From Early Intervention to Graduation: A Father’s Walk with Autism. 18th Annual New England Fathering Conference. Groton, CT. March 2017.
  • The Benefits of Supportive Employment Programs for Adults with Disabilities. The United Way of Harrison County. Clarksburg, WV. March 2017.
  • The Impact of Therapy Dogs on Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders: Implications for Public School Settings. Lewis County Schools. Weston, WV December 2016.


  • Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Division for Developmental Disabilities, West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Autism Society of America, Autism Society of West Virginia, Tourette Syndrome Association, Parent Member: Autism Training Center, Marshall University, Therapy Dogs International, Golden Endings Prison Dog Training Organization & William R. Sharpe, Jr. Volunteer Auxiliary.

General Interests

  • Kayaking, Reading, Walking, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Travel, Designing Flowerbeds