​Amanda Bock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Special Education; Program Director of Adapted Curriculum Licensure
Amanda Bock, WPU professor.

Dr. Bock has been a professional educator for over 20 years. Born and raised in North Carolina, Dr. Bock taught special education in Georgia for several years before returning to her home state to teach in higher education. Dr. Bock’s interests are in providing high-quality education and opportunities to those with disabilities, from birth through adulthood. She holds an NC teaching license in learning disability, severe/profound disability, and K-12 literacy and earned her PhD in early childhood/special education/literacy at UNC Chapel Hill. She is proud to teach at William Peace University where students are able to form relationships with faculty and staff that will support them to reach their maximum potential!

“I love that teacher education professors not only get to know our students so well at WPU, but we get to know THEIR students so well, their schools and their classrooms. We support teacher development in applied ways, solving real-world problems.”


  • BA Psychology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed. Learning Disabilities, Columbus State University
  • Ph.D. Education, UNC-Chapel Hill

Activities & Honors

  • North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Board Member (Regional Representative)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)

Research & Publications

  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. (2015). The influence of teacher epistemology and practice on student engagement in literacy learning. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 40 (2), 138-153.
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. (2014). Students with significant support needs and literacy development. PEAK Parent Center. http://speakout.peakparent.org/
  • Bock, A. (December 2014). Responsive and purposeful literacy instruction. TASH National Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. A. (December 2014). Job-embedded professional development: Transforming literacy learning. TASH National Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Bock, A. (2013). The MEville to WEville Emerging Literacy and Communication Curriculum: White paper. http://www.ablenetinc.com/Portals/0/PDFs/MEvilleWEville
  • Bock, A. & Erickson, K. A. (December 2013). Becoming constructivist in special education: A humanizing pedagogy. TASH National Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Bock, A. (April 2013). Literacy instruction in special education classrooms: Instructional practices and interactions around learning. Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, San Antonio, TX.