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Q & A with NCU Alum and Author Michael Cohen

Recent Blog Posts - 01-18-2016 16:35

NCU recently caught up with Cohen for a quick interview on his book.

What made you want to write this book?
After graduation, I found myself thinking: Wouldn’t it be a great resource to provide a condensed and practical book highlighting the best practices for teachers based on all the research I had done on the topic of teaching techniques for special education. I decided that I wanted to provide the educational community a concrete, yet scholarly, guide to the very finest, best practice techniques for special education, sharing my knowledge with others in the field.

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What was the most surprising thing you learned in your research?
During my research for chapter four of my book, “Models of Emotional and Behavioral Disability (EBD) Treatment,” I’d never considered some of the possible angles of EBD intervention. I was previously familiar with biophysical and behavioral models, but other models such as ecological and psychodynamic took me by surprise. I find it fascinating that there are no less than six distinct methodologies in approaching EBD.

Is this your first book? If so, what was it like to write your first book? How long did it take?
Yes, this is my first published book. From the beginning until I was ready to submit my manuscript for publication, it took approximately four or five months. I wanted to make it properly referenced so the reader could have easy access to all sources. My book also allows easier access to pertinent information for both educators and those who have friends or family with special needs. This makes me feel accomplished and grateful that I persevered and did it. It makes me feel encouraged to take on new projects.

How does this tie into your work as a Rabbi?
Judaism places high priority on education - regardless of an individual’s intellectual ability. Educational best practices equally apply to religious education as well. Although I teach in a mainstream class, there are definitely students with mild learning difficulties that I was able to help due to the knowledge and skills I gained from my NCU degree in Special Education. I find it rewarding to know I was able to give them the best education.

Why did you choose NCU for your education?
When I wanted to continue my education for a Masters of Education degree in 2012, I needed a university that would be flexible to work with my schedule without compromising a solid and recognized degree. After much research on online colleges, I found that although many colleges touted themselves as being accommodating to individual schedules, they had additional requirements to log on at specific times to join a “virtual classroom” and other such things that didn’t allow me the freedom I needed to get my education on my timetable. In contrast, NCU offered exactly what I needed. Northcentral surpassed my expectations with a challenging and rigorous program with quality professors. Looking back, I would gladly recommend NCU and am proud to be an alumnus.

You can purchase Special Education: Best Practices in Focus here:

  1. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Special-Education-Best-Practices-Focus/dp/0692489819
  2. Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/special-education-michael-j-cohen/1122395366?ean=9780692489819
  3. AbeBooks: http://www.abebooks.com/9780692489819/Special-Education-Best-Practices-Focus-0692489819/plp

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