Maria J. Gross, EdD

Director of Clinical Experiences and Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education

Phone: (626) 815-5074
Office Location: Building One, Room 113K
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Maria J. Gross, Ed.D., discovered her passion for education while volunteering in an elementary classroom, guiding students to embrace STEM concepts through project-based learning. She earned her master’s degree and certificate while teaching math and science full-time in a Christian middle and high school. She served as K-12 math and science department head, taught engineering and math in community college, and math methods at the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on educating pre-service and in-service teachers to better support culturally diverse student populations through trauma-informed practices, literature, service learning, and collaborative clinical practice models. She previously served on AACTE’s Global Diversity Committee. She is passionate about supporting and promoting non-traditional pathways for teacher candidates. She is published in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice and in Digital Commons.


  • EdD, Educational Leadership, University of Washington
  • MA, Teaching, Ashford University
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University


  • State of Washington Lifetime Substitute Certificate
  • State of Washington Residency Teacher Certificate: Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and Mathematics Endorsements

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Common Core State Standards
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • STEM Education
  • Trauma-informed Teaching Practices

Courses Taught

  • TESP 501 - The Art of Teaching I: Foundations of Teaching
  • TESP 502 - Science of Teaching 1: How Students Learn: Educational Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theory
  • TESP 503 - Soul of Teaching: Tapestry of American Education
  • TESP 504 - Schools and Educational Systems
  • TESP 512 – The Science of Teaching II: Effective Assessment Strategies for ALL Learners
  • TEP 522 - Methods of Teaching Mathematics (K-8)
  • TEP 533 – The Differentiated Classroom: Maximizing Capacity of Each Learner Grades 7-12
  • TEP 534 - Secondary Pedagogy 2: Content-Specific Strategies, Teaching, and Assessment Experiences
  • TEP 561 - Clinical Practice 1
  • TEP 562 - Clinical Practice 2

Office Hours

Various depending upon session. Please email to set appointment.

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