School of Education

Aaron Koch, PhD

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Education, University of Central Florida

M.A., Education, California State University, Chico

Education Specialist in Moderate/Severe Disabilities, California State University, Chico

Teaching English as Foreign Language Credential, Language Services International, Berlin

B.A., Psychology, Seattle Pacific University

Teaching and Research Interests

Aaron Koch joined the School of Education in 2018. Previously, he worked as a special education administrator, lecturer, graduate research fellow, intern supervisor, education specialist, and instructional paraprofessional. He is passionate about serving students with moderate-severe disabilities in rural communities while specializing in: teacher recruitment & mentorship, program development & evaluation, staff management & retention, school-family partnerships within rural communities, classroom behavior management, school-based mindfulness training, conflict resolution, virtual reality simulator training, and edtech. Dr. Koch is a NorCal native and proud graduate of CSU, Chico.

Courses Frequently Taught

SPED 637: Curriculum and Instruction for Moderate/Severe Disabilities

SPED 639: Advanced Curriculum & Instruction: Moderate/Severe Disabilities

SPED 680: Advanced Methods/Curriculum for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Selected Publications

Paul, C. D., Vasquez, E., Marino, M. T., Taylor, M. S., Massengale, L. R., & Koch, A. (In Review). A comparison of traditional and simulated functional analysis training procedures for in-service teachers. Submitted to Journal of Special Education Technology.

Marino, M. T., Vasquez, E., Koch, A., Fisher, K., Hopkins, R., & Ezekiel Wilder, F. (In Review). Preparing special educators to promote college and career readiness in STEM: The iCAN project. Submitted to Teacher Education and Special Education.

Vasquez III, E., Marino, M. T., Donehower, C., & Koch, A. (2017). Functional analysis in virtual environments. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 36(1), 17-24.

Vasquez III, E., Nagendran, A., Welch, G., Marino, M., Hughes, D., Koch, A., Delisio, L. (2015). Virtual learning environments for students with disabilities: A review and analysis of the empirical literature and two case studies. Rural Special Education Quarterly. 34(3), 26-32.

Portrait of Aaron Koch, PhD