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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D.

Title: Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education
Special Education
Department: Educational and Developmental Science
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-5279
Fax: 803-777-2824

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Mitchell Yell earned his Ph.D. in Education Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education.


Teaching students with mild disabilities using evidence-based practices, special education law, progress monitoring, IEP development, classroom management.


Yell's primary area of research and writing is on IEP development, legal issues in special education, classroom management, progress monitoring, and evidence-based practices in special education.

Selected Research Studies

Marshall, K.J., Karvonen, M., Yell, M.L., Lowery, K.A., Drasgow, E., Seaman, M.A. (2013). Project Respect: Towards an empirically based teacher mentoring model. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 24, 127-136.

Rozalski, M. E., Drasgow, E., Drasgow, F. & Yell, M.L. (2009). Assessing the relationships among delinquent male students' disruptive and violent behavior and staff's proactive and reactive behavior in a secure residential treatment center. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 17 (2), 80-92.

Selected Publications

Yell, M.L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Education.

Yell, M.L. & Busch, T.W. (2012). Using curriculum-based measurement to develop educationally meaningful and legally sound individual education programs. Espin, C., McMaster, K., Rose, S. & Wayman, M. (Eds.) A Measure of Success: How Curriculum-Based Measurement Has Influenced Education and Learning (pp. 37-48). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Yell, M.L. & Drasgow, E. (2008). No Child Left Behind Act: A guide for professionals (2nd. ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Education.

Yell, M.L., Katsiyannis, A., Ennis, R.P., & Losinski, M., & (2013). Avoiding procedural errors in IEP development. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46, 56-66.

Yell, M.L., & Rozalski, M.E. (2013). The Peer-Reviewed Research Requirement of the IDEA: An Examination of Law and Policy. In B. G. Cook, T. Landrum, & M. Tankersley (Eds.), Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Evidence—based practices in special education.

Select Presentations

Christle, C.A. & Yell, M.L. (2013, July). Developing educational meaningful and legally sound IEPs: Writing measurable annual goals. Research to Practice conference of the SC Department of Education: Camden, SC.

Yell, M.L. (2013, February). The role of the LEA representative on the IEP team. Annual Conference of the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children: Camden, SC.

Yell, M.L. (2013, November). Bullet-proofing IEPs by using progress monitoring. Workshop for the Fort Wayne Public School District: Indianapolis, IN.

Selected Awards

Outstanding Leadership Award of the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders-2010

Inaugural Regent's medal for Excellence in Special Education Research-2004

University of South Carolina College of Education Research Award in recognition of "outstanding record of sustained research and scholarship"

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