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Shannon Sparks

Shannon Sparks

Associate Professor, Special Education Program Coordinator


Associate Professor
Special Education Rehabilitation and Counseling
Office Phone(909) 537-7328
Office LocationCE-228


Dr. Sparks has been teaching as California State University, San Bernardino since 2016. She has been married for 20 years. She has two daughters and one son. She enjoys working in higher education and finds it to be rich and rewarding. She has taught in higher education since 2012. She started in the field of Special Education in 1996 and was a teacher in the Clark County School District. She has worked in the field of Special Education for over 26 years.


Ph.D., Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

M.Ed, Intellectual Disability/Autism, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

BA, K-12 Generalist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


ESPE 5531 Methods and Procedures in Special Education

ESPE 5532 Language Development in Diverse Learners



  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Choice Making
  • Self Determination
  • Transition
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Quality of Life
  • PostSecondary Education
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Gender Outcomes¬†
  • Employment
  • Self Advocacy