Craig W. Bartholio, Ed.D.

Chair, Department of Special Education
Program Director, Special Education Moderate/Severe Credential Program
Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5757
Office Location: Building One, Suite 113
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Craig W. Bartholio, Ed.D., has a wealth of K–12 special education teaching, administrative, and higher education experience. Prior to arriving at APU, Bartholio worked as a program specialist in the special education department at Chino Valley USD. In addition, he worked as an adjunct professor in the special education master’s program at National University and Point Loma Nazarene University. His research interests include the use of cognitive task analysis to gain expert knowledge for developing training protocols, theology of disability studies, student motivation and learning, teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion, effective practices to develop novice teachers, and autism.


  • Ed.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A.Ed., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach


  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (California)
  • Moderate/Severe Educational Specialist Clear Credential (California)
  • Single Subject Clear Teaching Credential (California)

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education

Courses Taught

  • SPED 501 – Instructional Strategies for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 502 – Diagnostic and Prescriptive Intervention for Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 512 – Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice
  • SPED 522 – Collaboration and Communication Skills of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • SPED 542 – Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder