Nikki M. Gelso, MA

Instructor, Division of Teacher Education

Phone: (626) 815-5458
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Nikki M. Gelso, MA, has teaching and administrative experience in special education public, non-public, and private school settings. She has been an adjunct faculty member for Azusa Pacific University prior to accepting a full-time faculty position. Currently, Gelso also has a business that contracts with districts and private parties to service staff and students who require assistive technology.

Her work experiences bring a knowledge base of special education related to the legal aspects of IDEA, inclusionary practices, co-teaching, MTSS, and assistive technology. She has a strong passion to share her knowledge with future teachers.

Gelso is pursuing a terminal degree in educational leadership focusing on educational and assistive technology from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Her dissertation topic is related to cybersecurity in education. Research interests are assistive technology, social-emotional learning, and ethics of critique in education.


  • MA, Special Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • BA, Art History, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Assistive Technology
  • Educational Technology
  • Universal Design for Learning

Courses Taught

  • TESP 501 - The Art of Teaching 1: Foundations of Teaching
  • TESP 502 - The Science of Teaching 1:How Students Learn- Educational Psychology, Neuroscience, and Theory
  • TESP 503 - The Soul of Teaching: Finding One's Place in the Tapestry of American Education
  • TESP 511 - The Art of Teaching 2: A Pedagogical Models Approach to Instructional Design
  • SPED 525 - Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing (K-8)
  • SPED 526 - Specialized Academic Instruction: Reading, Writing, and Math
  • SPED 528 - Assessment and IEP Development: Mild/Mod/Severe
  • SPED 529 - Positive Behavior Supports for Students with Exceptional Needs