Marcie Rock

Specialized Education Services (SES) Department

Associate Professor
Office: 424 SOE Building

Research Interest

Special Education Teacher Education, eCoaching, Technology Enabled Teacher Development, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS), Self-Monitoring, Behavior Disorders


  • Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Old Dominion University
  • B.S. in Special Education, Slippery Rock University


Dr. Rock has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and university professor, specializing in the education of students with behavioral challenges. She has received a number of awards, honoring not only her research, but also her teaching. Her research activities are currently focused on two strands: technology enabled coaching in teacher preparation/professional development and self‐monitoring for students with and without exceptionalities and. Dr. Rock serves as the vice president of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), as well as a consulting editor, and a field reviewer for several professional journals (e.g., Exceptional Children, Teacher Education and Special Education), while also working closely with NC DPI’s EC division to carry out a statewide Coaching Collaborative ( She has served previously as an associate editor for Preventing School Failure. And she has authored or co‐authored articles that have appeared in top ranked professional journals. Currently, she directs Project LINK-2-LEAD, a 1.25 million dollar OSEP funded leadership preparation grant.

Link to Dr. Rock’s CV


Rock, M.L., & Billingsley, B. (2015). Who makes a difference! Next generation special education workforce renewal. In B. Bateman, M. Tankersley, and J. W. Lloyd (Eds.), Understanding special education: Personal perspectives on what, who, where, how, when, and why. New York, NY: Routledge

Rock, M. L., Schumacker, R., Gregg, M., Gable, R. A., Zigmond, N. P., & Howard, P. (2014). How are they now? Longer term effects of eCoaching through online bug-in-ear technology. Teacher Education and Special Education, 37 (2), 159-179. doi:10.1177/0888406414525048

Dieker, L. A., Kennedy, M. J., Smith, S., Vasquez III, E., Rock, M., & Thomas, C. N. (2014). Use of technology in the preparation of pre-service teachers (Document No. IC-11). Retrieved from University of Florida, Collaboration for Effective Educator, Development, Accountability, and Reform Center website:

Rock, M.L., Schoenfeld, N., Zigmond, N., Gable, R. A., *Ploessl, D.M., & *Salter, A. (2013). Can you skype me now? Developing teachers’ classroom management practices through virtual coaching. Beyond Behavior, 22 (3), 15-23.

Rock, M., Gregg, M., Gable, R., Zigmond, N., *Blanks, B., Howard, P., & Bullock, L. (2012). Time after time online: An extended study of virtual coaching during distant clinical practice. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20 (3), 277-304.

Rock, M.L., Zigmond, N.P., Gregg, M., & Gable, R.A. (2011). The power of virtual coaching. Educational Leadership, 69 (2), 42-47.

**Rock, M. L., Gregg, M., Thead, B. K., *Acker, S. E., Gable, R. A., Zigmond, N, (2009). Can you hear me now? Evaluation of an online wireless technology to provide real-time feedback to special education teachers-in-training. Teacher Education and Special Education, 32 (1), 64-82.

**Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Teacher Education Division (TED) 2010 Publication Award (2010, Fall) ( The purpose of the Publication Award is to recognize the contribution of an individual or group of individuals for the publication of an article in Teacher Education and Special Education (TESE), which is deemed to have lasting value to the field by virtue of its potential impact on research, policies, or practices in teacher education and special education.