Peter McCarthy

Peter McCarthy

Assistant Professor

Department : Education

Email :

Phone : 718-862-7387

Office : MEM 410


EDD, Columbia University
MED, Columbia University
MS, College of New Rochelle
MS, College of New Rochelle
BS, Manhattan College


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

Publications & Professional 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



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

Professional 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

Courses Taught/Teaching

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