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Jan Forsse, M.S.

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Phone: (949) 945-8354
Fax: (714) 935-0356
Jan Forsse, M.S., loves working with graduate students who have a heart for students with disabilities. She started her career in Abilene, Texas, tutoring students with language and learning disabilities, then worked with low-achieving inner-city students in a Title I pullout program in Nashville, Tennessee. She also spent three years teaching in Zambia, Central Africa, as a missionary teacher, taught grades K–5 in California public schools in Glendale and Placentia, and spent seven years in school administration at the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Teacher Education and Computer Center. She was an adjunct professor at APU for 13 years and is now in her sixth year as a full-time faculty member at the Orange County Regional Center. She co-created the Branson Bear intellectual property with her husband, Ken, and they work together managing the Teddy Ruxpin intellectual property that Ken created.


  • Ph.D. (in progress), Strengths Development for Graduate Students, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.S., Counseling and Guidance, University of Tennessee
  • B.S., Education, Abilene Christian University


  • California Life Credentials in Teaching, Administration, and Counseling


School of Education

  • Teacher Education

Courses Taught

  • SPED 505 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
  • SPED 530 – Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
  • SPED 536 – Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Reading and Written Language Arts Disorders
  • SPED 538 – Special Education Issues: Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • SPED 540 – Rtl/Brain-based Teaching and Learning: Math Disorders
  • SPED 547 – Implementation of Special Education Legislation
  • TEP 505 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Experiences (K–8)
  • TEP 506 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–8)