Tammy Bachrach, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Teacher Education

Phone: (626) 815-4648
Office Location: Building One, Suite 113
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Tammy Bachrach, PhD, graduated from Biola University and earned her doctoral degree in education with an emphasis in disability studies from Chapman University. She grew up in the disability community as the daughter and sister of individuals with intellectual disabilities. She has been a general and special educator for over 20 years, working with both primary and secondary students with disabilities. She served as the director of services for CAPC Inc., a nonprofit agency, for 10 years aiding adults with disabilities. She has developed program designs and has provided input for state level policies on disability issues as a board member of the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center. Her research interests include examining the experiences and perspectives of adult children born to parents with intellectual disabilities and bridging the gap between disability studies, the Church, and Christian schools.


  • PhD, Education/Disability Studies, Chapman University
  • MA, Educational Leadership, Biola University
  • BA, Liberal Studies, Biola University


  • Multiple Subject Clear Teaching Credential
  • Moderate/Severe Educational Specialist Clear Credential
  • Mild/Moderate Educational Specialist Clear Credential

Academic Area

  • School of Education
    • Division of Teacher Education


  • Collaborating with Parents of Children with Disabilities
  • Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning
  • Disability Theology and Disability Ministries
  • Families Headed by Parents with Intellectual Disability
  • Inclusive Education
  • Supported Employment

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 556 - Historical/Philosophical Perspectives in Disability Studies
  • EDUC 557 - Current Trends in Curriculum and Disability Studies
  • SPED 533 - Assessment and IEP Development for Students with Mild/Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 540 - Instructional Strategies in Mathematics (Mild to Moderate)
  • TESP501 – The Art of Teaching 1
  • TESP502 – The Science of Teaching 2
  • TESP511 – The Art of Teaching 2
  • TESP503 – The Soul of Teaching
  • SPED527 – Teaching Students With Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED528 - Assessment and IEP Development for Students with Mild/Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • SPED529 – Positive Behavioral Supports
  • SPED530 – Introduction to Individual Differences
  • SPED508 - Current Trends in Transition Planning