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David Rago, PhD

Occupation: Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education

Education:
PhD in Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2013)
MA in Special Education, Point Loma Nazarene University (2001)
BA in European History, University of California San Diego (1989)

Certifications:
General Special Education K-12, Nevada; Professional Clear Multiple Subject K-12, California; Professional Clear Specialist Instruction in Special Education K-12, California; Certificate of Eligibility Administrative Services Credential, California; Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate, California; Standard Special Education K-12 License, New Mexico; Standard Elementary K-8 License, New Mexico; California Education Specialist; Teacher Performance Assessment Scorer

Career:
Chair, Department of Special Education, National University Sanford College of Education, San Diego, CA (2020-Present)
Associate Professor, Academic Program Director, National University Sanford College of Education (2019-Present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Education, National University Sanford College of Education (2014-2019)
Assessment Instructor, University of Phoenix (2014)
Special Education Teacher, Helen C. Cannon Junior High School, Clark County, Las Vegas, NV (2012-2014)
Instructor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2011, 2012)
High School Resource Teacher, Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Clark County, Las Vegas, NV (2011)
Teacher, Learning Disability/Autism/SEC/Resource Programs, B. Mahlon Brown Junior High, Clark County, Las Vegas, NV (2008-2011)
Special Education Teacher, Learning Disability/Resource Programs, San Ysidro School District, CA (1997-2008)
Special Education Teacher, Farmington Municipal Schools, NM (1994-1997)
Teacher, Naabi Ani Elementary, Bloomfield Municipal Schools, NM (1992-1994)

Career Related:
Faculty Senate Regional Committee Member, National University Sanford College of Education (2015-2017, 2019-2020); Undergraduate Counsel Assessment Committee Member, National University Sanford College of Education (2018-2019); Guest Lecturer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2010); Member, Numerous Department, College and University Committees

Creative Works:
Reviewer, Hawaii University International Conferences; Reviewer, Teacher Education Quarterly; Proposal Reviewer, Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP); Contributor, Numerous Articles to Professional Journals; Presenter in Field

Awards:
Honoree, Employee of the Month, B. Mahlon Brown Junior High School (2008); Honoree, Teacher of the Year, San Ysidro Middle School (2002-2003)

Memberships:
Member, Golden Key International Honour Society (2011); Member, California Association of Teachers of English (CATE); Member, California Association of Professors of Special Education (CAPSE); Member, California Council of Teacher Education (CCTE); Member, American Association of University Professors (AAUP); Member, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Member, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD); Member, Clute Institute

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