Dr. Susan Stanley

Professor of Education skstanley1@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Elementary Education, Texas A&M University at Commerce
MA in Biblical Counseling, Trinity College and Seminary
MEd in Special Education (Learning Disabilities), University of Florida
EdD in Education Leadership / Reading, Liberty University


Dr. Susan Stanley brings many years of experience in the field, with more than 30 years in a variety of educational environments. Her experience includes homeschooling her five children, teaching high school courses in a private Christian school and providing intervention for students with learning disabilities in a variety of private schools in central Florida as a lifetime-certified NILD educational therapist. She was led into the field of exceptional student education (ESE) because of one of her children. Three of her children are adopted, and her youngest daughter was identified with learning disabilities in third grade. Because the private Christian school was unable to provide help, Dr. Stanley made the decision to do what she could to help her daughter. From that beginning, she became a certified educational therapist, providing intervention for students with learning disabilities and working initially in a private Christian school in Lake County as part of the administrative team for which she provided intervention and supervised a large team of educational therapists. Eventually, the Lord provided the opportunity to open a business for access to intervention for students in a variety of private schools, which led to her becoming the Florida state director of the Discovery Program for the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD).

Alongside her experiences in the field of education, including ESE, Dr. Stanley has had a variety of opportunities to provide professional development in the field of ESE. She has taught for the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI), NILD, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Home School Associations, private schools and parent meetings. She is also an educational consultant, coming alongside ESE programs for many Christian schools in Florida. She has experience in higher education, having taught undergraduate and graduate courses for Liberty University, Belhaven University, Kaplan University and Lake-Sumter Community College before coming to Southeastern. Currently, at SEU, Dr. Stanley is the developer and coordinator of the exceptional student education degrees, including the BS/MEd in Exceptional Student Education 4+1, the MEd in Exceptional Student Education and the MEd in Exceptional Student Education with a concentration in NILD Educational Therapy® (see nild.org).

Included in Dr. Stanley’s responsibilities in the College of Education is course development. She has used her expertise in developing courses for the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Her focus for course development is exceptional student education and reading, specifically dyslexia. She also developed three certificate programs for the College of Education: a certificate in adaptive physical education, a certificate in servant leadership for exceptional student education and a graduate-level certificate in dyslexia education.

Dr. Stanley was privileged to be on the steering committee for the development of Pathways School of Excellence, the lab school under the auspices of the College of Education and Southeastern University. She was honored to be able to lend her expertise to this vitally important venture, as the initial group of students in the school were ESE. She continues her involvement as a consultant for the school and remains active on the Pathways Advisory Council.

Dr. Stanley has been recognized as a subject matter expert for the Florida Department of Education. She has participated in that capacity in a variety of opportunities:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Exams
    • Test Validation of the General Knowledge Test
    • Reading K–12 Competencies and Skills
    • Test Item Validation for Reading K–12 Certification
    • Exceptional Student Education K–12 Competencies and Skills
    • Exceptional Student Education K–12 Item Specifications Validation
  • State-Approved Programs in Florida Colleges/Universities
    • Folio Review
    • Trained as an Off-Site Reviewer

Dr. Stanley came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in 1974, having had an encounter with the Lord that moved her knowledge of Him from her head to her heart! She contends it was a dramatic change in her life. As the wife of retired Pastor Dr. Don Stanley, she remains active in her church. Her favorite ministry is to her husband, grown children and grandchildren. Her ministry also includes her students at Southeastern University, as she hopes to inspire their love of learning as well as the educational and eternal difference they can make in the lives of their students.

Brief Highlights

  • Florida State Certified in Special Education/Learning Disabilities and Principal All Levels with Reading Endorsement
  • ACSI Lifetime Certified as a Special Education Specialist
  • NILD Lifetime Professionally Certified as an Educational Therapist
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Institute of Learning Development
  • Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Education, 2016
  • Published:
    • An Analysis of Rx for Discovery Reading for Elementary Students Below Grade Level in Reading, Christian Perspectives in Education
    • Let’s Read: Research to Implementation, Discoveries Journal
    • Discovery Program of Florida, Discoveries Journal