Peter McCarthy

Assistant Professor


Professional interests:

  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education, Grades 1-3
  • Quality Inclusive Schooling
  • Educating Millennials
  • Technology in Education
  • Adaptive and Assistive Technology
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Management of Behavior and Learning
  • WebQuests
  • Metacognition
  • Educational Research
  • Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs

Current projects:

  • Working on various initiatives with the NYS Task Force on Quality Inclusive Schooling
  • Working with the National Advisory Board to re-design the PRAXIS Special Education Certification Exam for Educational Testing Service
  • Developing Academic Web Pages for Instructional Use



  • Ed.D., Columbia University
  • M.Ed., Columbia University
  • M.S., College of New Rochelle
  • B.S., Manhattan College

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 205      Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 301      Nature and Needs (Disabled)
  • EDUC 353      Integrated Learning Grades 1-3
  • EDUC 408      Management of Behavior and Learning for At-Risk and Disabled
  • EDUG 781      Management Techniques and Curriculum for the At Risk and Behaviorally Disordered
  • EDUG 805      Integrated Learning I: Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
  • EDUG 808      Integrated Learning II:Social Studies and Language Arts Instruction for the At Risk/Disabled Student
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • McCarthy, P., Brennan, L., & Vecchiarello, K. (2011). Parent – school communication in the inclusive   classroom: A comprehensive model of collaboration in education. International Journal of Humanities andSocial Science, 1(15), 55-60.
    • Rizopoulos, L., & McCarthy, P. (2011). Investing in our future: Inspiring hispanics to teach. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(19), 67-78.
    • Rizopoulos, L.A., & McCarthy, P. (2009). Using Online threaded discussions: best practice for the digital learner. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 37(4), 373-383.
    • McCarthy, P.J. (2009). Why use Technology to promote learning?  In W. Merriman & A. Nicoletti (Eds.), Using technology in 21st century schools (pp. 17-28). Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
    • McCarthy, P. J. (2008). Teaching students with disabilities. In W. Merriman & A. Nicoletti (Eds.), Understanding and teaching today's students (pp. 43-56). Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association.
    • McCarthy, P. (2006) Parent teacher communication in the inclusion classroom setting. Paper to be presented at the NYS Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention. Albany, NY, November, 2006
    • Wolpert, G., McCarthy, P. (2003) Teaching children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster session presented at the NYS Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention. Tarrytown, NY, November, 2003
    • McCarthy, P., Wolpert, G. (2002) Universal design for learning: Accessing information technology for persons with disabilities. Paper presented at the NYS Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention. Albany, NY, November 23, 2002
    • Wolpert, G., McCarthy, P. (2000) Collegians, community kids and computers: A public / private learning collaboration. Paper presented at the Association of Teacher Educators National Convention, New Orleans, La., February, 2000.
    • McCarthy, P. (1998) The relationship between attitudes towards computers and level of involvement with computers among New York City special education teachers. Dissertation Abstracts 1998
  • Professional Experience and Memberships


    • The Council for Exceptional Children
      • Teacher Education Division
      • Behavioral Disorder Division
      • Technology and Media Division
    • National Advisory Board for the PRAXIS EXAM for Special Education Teacher Certification
    • Kappa Delta Pi ~ International Honor Society in Education
    • Phi Epsilon Kappa ~ National Honor Society for Teachers of Physical Education
    • The International Dyslexic Society
    • The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
    • Test Consultant for Educational Testing Service
    • Consultant for the Graduate Divisions of Hunter College
    • Consultant for the Graduate Divisions of Mercy College


    State of New York:

    • School District Administrator
    • School Administration and Supervision
    • Special Education, Grades K-12
    • Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6

    City of New York:

    • Educational Administrator ~ Level III - IV (Senior Special Education Program Specialist)
    • Educational Administrator ~ Level I - II (Special Education Program Specialist)
    • Assistant Principal of Special Education Schools
    • Assistant Principal Supervision and Administration Special Education in Day High Schools
    • Supervisor of Special Education Programs
    • Teacher of Emotionally Disturbed / Behaviorally Disordered
    • Teacher of Physical Education
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
     Honors & Awards
    • Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, Manhattan College 2013-14
    • Distinguished Service Award, presented by Phi Epsilon Kappa, Alpha Eta Chapter, Manhattan College, 2006
    • Pen & Sword Society, Manhattan College, May 2009