​Amanda Bock, Ph.D.

​Assistant Professor of Special Education
Amanda Bock, WPU professor.

Dr. Bock grew up in Cary, NC. Prior to joining the faculty at WPU, she taught special education in a rural school district in Georgia. She currently resides in Chapel Hill and loves to read, learn, and go on adventures with her children. She’s also a pretty big yogi!

“I love that teacher education professors not only get to know our students so well at WPU, but we get to know THEIR students so well, their schools and their classrooms. We support teacher development in applied ways, solving real-world problems.”


  • BA Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed. Learning Disabilities, Columbus State University
  • Ph.D. Education, UNC-Chapel Hill

Activities & Honors

  • North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Board Member (Regional Representative)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

Research & Publications

  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. (2015). The influence of teacher epistemology and practice on student engagement in literacy learning. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 40 (2), 138-153.
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. (2014). Students with significant support needs and literacy development. PEAK Parent Center. http://speakout.peakparent.org/
  • Bock, A. (December 2014). Responsive and purposeful literacy instruction. TASH National Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. A. (December 2014). Job-embedded professional development: Transforming literacy learning. TASH National Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Bock, A. (2013). The MEville to WEville Emerging Literacy and Communication Curriculum: White paper. http://www.ablenetinc.com/Portals/0/PDFs/MEvilleWEville
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. A. (December 2013). Becoming constructivist in special education: A humanizing pedagogy. TASH National Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Bock, A. (April 2013). Literacy instruction in special education classrooms: Instructional practices and interactions around learning. Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, San Antonio, TX.