Karen Cole, Ph.D.

Professor of Education; Co-Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning; Coordinator of K-12 Special Education: General Curriculum Licensure

Contact Information

  • kcole@unca.edu
  • 251-6060
  • 118 Zageir Hall

Professor Karen Cole joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1995. She coordinates and teaches in the Special Education Licensure Program. She also teaches courses at all levels of the Elementary Education Licensure Program. She is particularly interested in elementary literacy and in helping novice teachers manage their classrooms and work effectively with parents.


  • Ph.D.: University of Alabama
    (Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education, Special Education, and Reading)
  • M.A.:¬† University of Southern Mississippi
    (Special Education: Mild Learning and Behavior Disorders)
  • B.S.: Mississippi State University
    (Special Education)

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 210: Teaching and Learning in the 21st¬†Century
  • EDUC 325: The Resourceful Teacher
  • EDUC 379: Teaching, Serving, and Learning in Elementary Classrooms
  • EDUC 388: Reading and Literacy Methods
  • EDUC 455: Student Teaching Supervision and Seminar

Selected Publications

Charles, C.M. & Cole, K. M. (2019). Building classroom management: Methods and models (12e). New York: Pearson.

Cole, K.M. & Mahlin, M.L. (2017). Student hacks: Tips for finding your way in college. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.