Cathy Kava

A photo of Cathy Kava.

Part-Time Lecturer

Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders

128 John W. Porter Building


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  • M.A., Special Education with an emphasis on Emotional Impairments and Learning Disabilities, Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S., Elementary Education with an endorsement in Cognitive Impairments, Eastern Michigan University


Cathy Kava is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Special Education with over 37 years of teaching experience in the field of special education. She teaches courses on learning disabilities, emotional impairments, and cognitive disabilities as well as general special education courses. Previously, while working for the Plymouth-Canton School District, she developed inclusive courses and after school programs for students with special needs and general education students to work, play, and provide community service together. She has been a presenter at the annual Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Family and Consumer Science Educators of Michigan Conference, and Michigan Transition Services Conference and has received local awards from the Wayne County ARC and Plymouth Canton Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for her commitment to special education and inclusive services. In addition, she received the Extra Miler Award from the Plymouth Canton Community School District for bringing Unified Sports to their district. Cathy is experienced in curriculum writing for cognitive impairments and in using Positive Behavior Supports, Behavior Management and Interventions, Functional Behavior Analysis and Behavior Plan writing and implementation.


  • SPCI 240 Pre-Clinical Experience in Cognitive Impairments
  • SPLI 240 Pre-Clinical Experience in Learning Disabilities
  • SPEI 240 Pre-Clinical Experience in Emotional Impairments
  • SPGN 251 Introduction to Inclusion and Disabilities Studies in a Diverse Society
  • SPGN323W Writing for Professionals in Special Education
  • SPCI 350 Introduction to Cognitive Impairments
  • SPGN 461/561 Classroom Management and Intervention Strategies for Students with Disabilities
  • SPCI 483 Education of Students in Programs for Moderate or Severe Cognitive Impairments