Jennifer Kritsch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education
Director of Special Education

Jennifer Kritsch started full time at PLNU in 2012. Before that, she worked for 21 years in the K-12 educational setting. She spent time being a general education teacher and a special education teacher. In addition, her experience as a special education administrator gives teacher preparation candidates a unique perspective into real-world scenarios. Her passion for students with special needs is evident in every course she teaches.


  • Ph.D., Instructional Design for Online Learning, Cappella University
  • M.A.Ed., Special Education Emphasis, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • B.A., Special and Elementary Education Emphasis, Northwest Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Special Education – EDU 6002
  • Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities – EDU 6051
  • Consultation Collaboration and Teamwork – EDU 6052
  • Universal Design for Learning – GED 6050
  • Methods for Teaching Students w/ Emotional and Behavioral Problems – SPE 6051
  • Methods for Teaching Students with Other Health Impairment – SPE 6054
  • SPE 660 Methods for Teaching Students with Orthopedic Impairments – SPE 6060

Experience in Field

  • Currently working on dissertation regarding instructional design strategies for student veterans with TBI
  • Future research in trauma-informed teaching practices

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Small group Bible study leader for high school girls
  • Calibrated TPA scorer
  • Special Ed consultant for local private and charter schools

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 ACSA Education Professor of the Year

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Co-teaching and co-planning, Chicago City School District
  • Panel for Leadership Bakersfield Council
  • Instructional Strategies for Students with TBI Capella Colloquium