Learning and Instruction — Special Education
Nicola A. McClung

Nicola A. McClung, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Learning and Instruction

Nicola McClung was a teacher in San Francisco public schools for eight years prior to receiving her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on illuminating various factors in the environment that mitigate or exacerbate reading difficulties. She is particularly interested in challenging the pervasive view in education that learning difficulties are caused by "problems in children" and, instead, advocates addressing the issue of instructional opportunity. She is also the principal investigator for The Xóchitl Justice Book Project.


Ph.D., Human Development and Education, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Human Development and Education, University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Credential, Educational Specialist, San Francisco State University
B.A., Art, Grinnell College

Research Areas

Literacy in international contexts, specific learning disabilities, multilevel modeling, social justice and statistics, disability studies and special education, intersectionality in urban education, measurement

Courses Offered
  • Applied Educational Statistics
  • Atypical Learning and Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Special Education
  • Early Literacy
  • Project-Based Learning in Scientific Research in Education

Cervetti, G., Hiebert, F., Pearson, P.D., McClung, N. (accepted). Factors That Influence the Difficulty of Science Words. Journal of Literacy Research.

Sailors, M., Hoffman, J., Pearson, P. D., McClung, N., Shin, J., (in press, 2014). Supporting Change in Literacy Instruction in Malawi. Reading Research Quarterly.

Arya, D., McClung, N. A., Maul, A. & Cunningham, A. E. (2014). Exploring the association between early childhood home environment and literacy development internationally. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education.

McClung, N. A., O'Donnell, C. R. & Cunningham, A. E. (2012). Orthographic learning and the development of visual word recognition. In J. Adelman (Ed.) Visual Word Recognition. Psychology Press.