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Kristen E. Ashworth

Assistant Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, Office 334
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30, Wednesdays 12:30-3:30
Phone: (843) 953-2004

Director of SC CREATE at the College of Charleston

SC CREATE is a partnership between South Carolina public school districts and 13 of the state's leading colleges and universities.  CREATE financially assists qualified individuals with obtaining initial, add-on, or alternative licensure in special education, as well as advanced certification in speech-language pathology and national certification as a board certified behavior analyst.  CREATE is funded by the SCDE's Office of Special Education Services.

At the College of Charleston, students who qualify for CREATE can obtain initial licensure through our Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Special Education.

For more information, please contact me or visit


Ph. D., Special Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

M.Ed., Learning Disabilities, Averett University, Danville, VA

B.S., Economics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

B.S., Marketing Management, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Research Interests

Interventions preventing reading failure

Vocabulary interventions for children with reading difficulties

Transition services for students with learning disabilities

College students with learning disabilities

Courses Taught

EDFS 345/710: Introduction to Exceptional Children & Youth

EDFS 352/740: Characteristics of Students with Learning Disabilities

EDFS 413: Field Experience in the Instruction of Students with Disabilities

EDFS 425: Teaching Reading & Language Arts to Students with Disabilities

EDFS 440/797: Clinical Practice in Special Education

EDFS 724: Literacy Development & Intervention for Students with Disabilities

EDFS 725: Classroom & Behavioral Management

EDFS 741: Educational Procedures for Students with Learning Disabilities

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Publication Award, Teacher Education Division, Council for Exceptional Children, 2013

Raven Society Member, University of Virginia

Eli M. Bower Fellowship Recipient, University of Virginia, 2011-2012

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipient - Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education; University of Virginia, 2009-2010

Curry School of Education Fellowship Recipient, University of Virginia, 2009-2011


Ashworth, K. E., & Pullen, P. C. (2015). Comparing regression discontinuity and multivariate analyses of variance: Examining the effects of a vocabulary intervention for students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disability Quarterly, 38, 131-144. doi:10.1177/0731948714555020

Pullen, P. C., Lane, H. B., Ashworth, K. E., & Lovelace, S. P. (2012). Learning disabilities. In D. P. Hallahan & J. M. Kauffman (Eds.), Handbook of Special Education (pp. 187-197). New York, NY: Routledge.

Kennedy, M. J., Ely, E., Thomas, C. N., Pullen, P. C., Newton, J. R., Ashworth, K., Cole, M. T., & Lovelace, S. P. (2012). Using multimedia tools to support teacher candidates' learning. Teacher Education and Special Education, 35, 243-257.

Pullen, P. C., Tuckwiller, E. D., Ashworth, K. E., Lovelace, S. P., & Cash, D. (2011). Implementing intensive vocabulary instruction for students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 26, 145-157.