Director of Accreditation
Professor of Clinical Education
EdD, University of Southern California
An expert on elementary school, special education and online teaching
Dr. Margo Pensavalle is a Professor of Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. Areas of professional expertise include elementary education, special education and educational psychology. Other areas of interest include interdisciplinary problem-based learning, the study of beginning teacher collegiality and collaboration among peers as a means to developing teacher leaders and professional support. She is currently the course lead for Human Differences in the MAT online. This course addresses factors influencing the teaching and learning dynamic in mainstream and special needs learning environments, from a Socio-Cultural Approach.
Pensavalle guides Multiple Subject Teacher Candidates through the practicum experience, and she is involved in innovation of pre-service education having served on the design team for the MAT online Teacher Preparation Program for both on-campus and on-line formats. She is a faculty member in the TEMS Concentration (Teacher in a Multi-Cultural Society) of the EdD program at USC, and currently serves as the Director of Accreditation for the Rossier School of Education. Pensavalle’s research focuses on reflective journaling and discourse as a critical professional development and assessment tool with beginning teachers during their practicum experiences. Her research seeks to better understand the reflective process using interactive text forums and shared discussion groups.
Pensavalle taught in both special needs and mainstream environments for 16 years and has been a Middle School Principal. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Education with dual majors in Elementary and Special Education and holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Her Doctorate, from the University of Southern California, is in Curriculum, Teaching and Special Education.