Associate Professor, Center for Asian American Studies
Phone: +1 512 471 7923
Office: SZB 3.404M
Office Hours: By appointment
North Cooc is an associate professor of special education and core faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies. His research agenda focuses on three main areas: 1) the role of schools and social institutions in reducing racial and ethnic disparities in academic and social outcomes; 2) the unequal opportunities of children with disabilities in navigating the special education system; and 3) the preparation of a diverse and culturally sustaining teacher workforce. Previously, Dr. Cooc worked in education research and conducted evaluations of afterschool programs and literacy initiatives at Policy Studies Associates in Washington, DC. He also taught middle school English in Shizuoka, Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.
Explores how family background, culture, and school contextual factors influence decisions and trajectories within special education.
Racial disparities in special education enrollment have been documented for the last several decades and many studies have explored factors that contribute to disproportionality. However, missing in the literature is often the experiences of Asian Americans. This line of research focuses on the underrepresentation of Asian Americans and how parent and teacher perceptions of disabilities may influence decisions about special education services.
The academic outcomes of students with disabilities are consistently below those without disabilities. This area of research examines how the academic trajectories of students with disabilities relative to peers change from early elementary school to high school. An area of interest is how learning trajectories may change during the summer in the absence of school services.
Students with disabilities eventually graduate or age out of school services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Since the goal of IDEA is to promote successful postsecondary outcomes, this line of research focuses on when individuals first experience college, employment, and independent living.
|2023||Spring||SED 380: Intl/Comparative Education|
|2022||Fall||SED 380: 17-Dvrsty/Dsblty: Cont Persps|
|2022||Fall||SED 380: Res Ques In Sped Using Dataset|
|2021||Fall||SED 380: 17-Dvrsty/Dsblty: Cont Persps|
|2021||Spring||SED 380: 17-Dvrsty/Dsblty: Cont Persps|
|2019||Fall||SED 380: 17-Dvrsty/Dsblty: Cont Persps|
|2019||Fall||SED 380: Res Ques In Sped Using Dataset|
|2019||Spring||SED 337: Intercul Communicatn & Collab|
|2018||Fall||SED 380: 17-Dvrsty/Dsblty: Cont Persps|
|2018||Fall||SED 380: Res Ques In Sped Using Dataset|
|2018||Spring||SED 380: Intl/Comparative Education|
|2017||Fall||SED 380: Res Ques In Sped Using Dataset|
|2016||Fall||SED 380: Res Ques In Sped Using Dataset|
|2016||Spring||SED 380: Intl & Comparative Educaion|
|2016||Spring||SED 337: Intercul Communicatn & Collab|
|2015||Fall||SED 380: 10-Cul/Ling Divr Sed/Reh Couns|
|2015||Spring||SED 337: Intercul Communicatn & Collab|
|2014||Fall||SED 380: 10-Cul/Ling Divr Sed/Reh Couns|