Paula Leitz

Associate Professor of Education

Paula Leitz Profile Photo
Phased Retirement
  • Professional
  • Personal
  • Video


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1988
  • M.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1976
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 1971

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Differentiation and Accommodations in General Education Settings
  • Inclusive Education
  • Learning Strategies
  • Reading Intervention
  • Teacher Development


Paula has been teaching at PLU since 1994. She coordinates the Alternative Routes to Certification Program and teaches in that program and the undergraduate program. Prior to this she was on the faculty at Saint Martin’s University in the undergraduate and graduate education departments. Paula started her career in 1972 teaching 5 to 21 year old students with special needs in California. She also has worked as a special education administrator in school districts both in Washington and California. During her fifteen years at PLU, Paula has been involved in a variety of programs. She has coordinated the International Multi-Cultural Experience (IMET) program; a year-long program that was designed for Norwegian educators to learn about the history, educational systems and various cultures of Washington State. In addition, Paula was Co-director of an USAID/ALO grant for which training was provided over two years for teachers of the Ondao Primary Mobile School Project in Namibia and more recently she has developed and initiated a six-week student teaching for education students in Windhoek, Namibia. She also has served as the Associate Dean for five years and as a member of the Dean Team for one year. Paula’s current research is focused in three areas: international student teaching experiences’ impact on the cultural competence of pre-service teachers; long term effects of in-service training on Namibian teachers’ instructional skills, and; impact of a four phase model integrated with differentiated instruction on the success of students with chronic illness.

Comparative Education in Namibia