Audrey Bartholomew

Audrey Bartholomew, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department Chair


Decary Hall 139
Biddeford Campus
On campus

Audrey Bartholomew is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department and is a former special education, K-12 teacher.  She currently teaches coursework in special education courses including introduction to special education, Autism, special education methods, and supporting challenging behavior. Audrey's research interests include scholarship of her own teaching and learning, and how to include students with disabilities in general education through meaningful instruction and positive behavior supports.  She has provided extensive training in Maine and other states on writing compliant and meaningful secondary transition plans and provides support to both districts and families in Maine on a variety of issues.  Audrey is a volunteer with the state of Maine as an educational surrogate, works with the Maine Parent Federation as a Family Support Navigator, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Maine Parent Federation.



Lehigh University
University of North Carolina Charlotte
University of Maryland


Current research

Alignment between academic skills and secondary transition skills for students with disabilities, effective teacher preparation practices

Selected publications

Bartholomew, A. & Griffin, N. (2017).  Using a Universal Design for Learning checklist to teach secondary transition skills. Manuscript under review in Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals

Bartholomew, A., Papay, C., McConnell, A., & Cease-Cook, J. (2015).  Embedding secondary transition in the Common Core State Standards. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47(6), 329-335.

Bartholomew, A., Test, D. W., Cooke, N. L., & Cease-Cook, J. J. (2015).  Effects of teaching self-determination skills using the Common Core State Standards. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 50, 433-454.

Haber, M. G., Mazzotti, V. L., Mustian, A. L., Rowe, D. A., Bartholomew, A. L., Test, D. W., Fowler, C. H. (2015). What works, when, for whom, and with whom: A meta-analytic review of predictors of postsecondary success for students with disabilities. Review of Educational Research, 86, 123-162.

Test, D. W., Bartholomew, A., Bethune, L. (2015).  What high school administrators need to know about secondary transition evidenced-based practices and predictors for students with disabilities. NASSP Bulletin, 99, 254-273.

Bartholomew, A., Papay, C., McConnell, A., & Cease-Cook, J. (2015). Embedding secondary transition in the Common Core State Standards. Teaching Exceptional Children, 47(6), 329-335.

Bartholomew, A. (2015). Speaking personally-With Sean Joseph Smith. American Journal of Distance Education, 29, 67-72.

Clark, L. & Bartholomew, A. (2014). Digging beneath the surface: Analyzing the complexity of instructors’ participation in asynchronous discussion.  Online Learning: Official Journal of the Online Learning Consortium, 18, 1-22.

Fowler, C. H., Test, D. W., Cease-Cook, J., Toms, O., Bartholomew, A., & Scroggins, L. (2014). Policy implications of high school reform on college and career readiness of youth with disabilities. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 25, 19-29.

Test, D. W., Cook-Cease, J., Bartholomew, A., & Scroggins, L. (2014). How do we support life skills and transition instruction. In J. McLeskey, N. Waldron, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of research and practice for effective and inclusive schools. New York, Routledge.

Carter, E., Brock, M., Bottema, K., Bartholomew, A., Boehm, T., & Cease-Cook, J. J. (2013). Methodological trends in secondary education and transition research: Looking backward and moving forward. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 36, 15-24.

Kelley, K. R., Bartholomew, A., & Test, D. W. (2013). Effects of the Self-Directed IEP delivered using computer-assisted instruction on students’ participation in education planning meetings. Remedial and Special Education, 34, 67-77.

Walker, A. R., & Bartholomew, A. L. (2011). Student development: Employment skills. In D. W. Test (Eds.). Proven instructional strategies for transition from school to community. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

O’Dell, S. M., Vilardo, B. A., Kern, L., Kokina, A., Ash, A. N., Seymour, K. J…Thomas, L. B. (2011). JPBI ten years later: Trends in research studies. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 13, 78-86.

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