Craig W. Bartholio, EdD

Chair, Department of Special Education
Coordinator, M.A. in Special Education
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, EdD, 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.


  • EdD, University of Southern California
  • MA Ed, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • BA, 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

  • TESP 501 - Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching
  • TESP 502 - Science of Teaching I: How Students Learn
  • TESP 511 - Art of Teaching II: Pedagogy and Instructional Design
  • SPED 527 - Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • EDUC 558 - Guided Research Project
  • EDUC 559 - Procedures and Findings