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Terese C. Aceves

Department Chair, EDSP, Professor


Department of Specialized Programs in Professional Psychology


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Dr. Aceves is a Professor at Loyola Marymount University in the School of Education. Dr. Aceves has supported low-income, diverse families for over fifteen years in special education advocacy. Her research interests include supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students’ learning needs using evidence-based practices, the early intervention and identification of children at-risk for reading difficulties, and special education advocacy for primarily low-income Latino families.

Dr. Aceves currently provides ongoing pro-bono consultation and support as needed for the Learning Rights Law Center’s TIGER parent program (Training Individuals for Grassroots Education Reform) and Fiesta Educativa. This support includes parent trainings, program evaluation, parent in-takes, and collaborative training of educational professionals and attorneys in parent special education advocacy with low-income diverse families and communities.


University of California, Santa Barbara

Ph.D., Special Education, Disability and Risk Studies


University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A, School Psychology


Loyola Marymount University

M.A & Teaching Credentials, Special Education, General Education


University of California, Berkeley

B.A, Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Supporting Low-Income, Diverse Families in Special EducationUsing Evidence-Based Practices with Culturally and Liguistically Diverse StudentsInvestigating Early Home Literacy Practices with Latino FamiliesProviding Assessment and Intervention of Early Reading Skills with English Language Learners

Industry Expertise

  • Research
  • Education/Learning


Justice in Education Award | professional

Learning Rights Law Center 2010

Council for Exceptional Children | professional

Board Member 2017

Pro-Bono Special Education Parent Advocate

Parent advocate


  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • American Education Research Association


  • Spanish
  • English


Sample Course Topics

● Teaching Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students with Exceptional Needs ● Introduction to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student with Exceptional Needs ● Seminar in Instruction & Learning ● Prevention, Intervention and Consultation


Increasing the Involvement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education 2015 | Division For Research


The call for dissemination and use of research and evidence-based practices (EBPs) is stronger than ever, yet challenges remain including ensuring that available practices have been empirically tested with students of all disability types and backgrounds. Of particular concern to the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research (CEC-DR) is the absence of research and evidence-based practices that have been validated with children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Unless we can be sure that instructional practices with demonstrated effectiveness for students from diverse backgrounds and abilities are appropriately and rigorously investigated, we cannot be certain that the field is providing the best possible education to a critical and growing segment of our school population...

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Peer supported instruction for English learners | The power of peers in the classroom: Enhancing learning and social skills

Richards-Tutor, C., Aceves, T. C., & Reutebuch, C. K.

(251-287). Guilford Press.

The role of the community in inclusive education | In J. P. Bakken, & F. E. Obiakor (Eds.), General and Special Education Inclusion in an Age of Change

Aceves, T. C.

Emerald Group Publishing

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Supporting language and literacy development for additional language learners with disabilities | In M. T. Hughes, & E. Talbot (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Diversity in Special Education

Haager, D., & Aceves, T. C.

John Wiley & Sons Inc.