Kathleen Bautista, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

Phone: (626) 815-2960
Office Location: Murrieta Regional Campus
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Kathleen Bautista, Ed.D., has more than 22 years of experience teaching students enrolled in special education programs ranging from Pre-K through high school. She has served as an elementary school principal and director of special education. Prior to joining the faculty of APU, she served as an adjunct instructor at other institutions. Her dissertation topic focused on the induction of recently credentialed special education teachers.


  • Ed.D. in Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
  • M.A. in Special Education, California State University, Los Angeles
  • B.A. in Multiple Subjects, University of Redlands


  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Specialist: Learning Handicapped
  • Educational Specialist: Severely Handicapped
  • Educational Specialist: Physically Handicapped
  • Multiple Subjects Credential K-12 and Adult Education
  • Professional Administrative Services Credential
  • Language Development Specialist
  • Community College Credential: Special Education

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Educational Planning and Instruction for Students with Mild/Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • Evidence Based Practices for Students with Autism
  • Positive Behavior Planning
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • Working with Families of Children in Special Education

Courses Taught

  • SPED 530 - Introduction to Individual Differences and Strengths-based Education
  • SPED 533 - Assessment and IEP Development for Students with Mild/Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 536 - Instructional Strategies in English Language Arts (Mild to Moderate)
  • SPED 540 - Instructional Strategies in Mathematics (Mild to Moderate)