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Stephen Cochrane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Phone: (858) 414-0634
Dr. Cochrane has over 20 years experience in the Special Education field starting as an instructional aide, then a Special Education teacher, and finally as a Special Education professor.

Dr. Cochrane is the owner and CEO of Therapeutic Karate, Inc. Therapeutic Karate is a program that addresses the underlying causes of physiological dysfunctions and attempts to ameliorate or eliminate their effects by integrating principles from movement therapy (often used in occupational therapy), vision therapy (often used in developmental optometry), Listening Therapy, and meditation . Information regarding Therapeutic Karate can be found at

Currently, Dr. Cochrane is serving on the Board of Director to The Waterwheel Foundation, a religious non-profit corporation whose purpose is to advance the Word of God through music, education, and service.

Linda Cabiatic, Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge to the California Office of Administrative Hearings appointed Dr. Cochrane to a two-year term to the Special Education Advisory Committee. In this capacity, Dr. Cochrane advised the judicial body that decides Special Education litigation cases on matters pertaining to Special Education.

Previously, Dr. Cochrane served on the Board of Directors for Education Advocacy for Children (EAC) and the Learning Disabilities Association of San Diego (LDA-SD).

Additionally, Dr. Cochrane was appointed by the Del Mar Union School Board to serve as its representative to its Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA).


  • Ph.D. (Education), Capella University
  • M.A. (Special Education), Point Loma Nazarene University
  • B.A. (Literature), Point Loma Nazarene University


  • Proactive Leadership Certificate, Cornell University
  • Business Leadership Skills, Cornell University Ne
  • Financial Management for Making Business Decisions Certificate, Cornell University
  • Clear Education Specialist for Special Education Credential (Mild/Moderate)
  • Clear Multiple Subject Credential with Added Authorization for English CLAD Certificate
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
  • CLAD Certificate
  • Resource Specialist Certificate
  • Supplemental Single Subject Credential (English)


School of Education

  • Teacher Education


  • Educational Technology
  • Movement Therapy
  • Neuroeducation
  • Positive Psychology
  • Special Education Law

Courses Taught

  • SPED 505 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
  • SPED 506 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–12)
  • SPED 509 – Technology in Special Education
  • SPED 516 – Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing
  • SPED 530 – Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
  • SPED 531 – Assessment Issues and Methodologies Related to Student Learning
  • SPED 535 – Counseling, Collaboration, and Consultation
  • SPED 537 – Theories and Interventions in Behavior 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
  • SPED 565A – Field Experience I (K–12)
  • SPED 565B – Field Experience II (K–12)
  • SPED 566A – Field Experience I (K–12)
  • SPED 566B – Field Experience II (K–12)
  • SPED 576A – Clinical Practice I (Student Teaching, K–12)
  • SPED 576B – Clinical Practice II (Student Teaching, K–12)
  • SPED 581 – Historical and Philosophical Perspectives of Disabilities Studies
  • TEP 506 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (K–8)
  • TEP 507 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Experiences (7–12)
  • TEP 508 – Educational Foundations and Classroom Management (7–12)