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Michael Couvillon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4690
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.A.:  University of Nebraska-Kearney
M.Ed.:  University of North Texas
Ph.D.:  University of North Texas

Prior Positions

  • Drake University – Des Moines, IA (Associate Professor of Education)
  • Richardson Independent School District – Richardson, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Region 10 Education Service Center – Dallas, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Father Flanagan’s Boys Home – Omaha, NE (Teacher and Consultant)

Areas of Expertise

Emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD), functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans, policy and standards on the use of time out seclusion, and juvenile justice.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Special Education, Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners, Evidence Based Interventions for Students with Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities,  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions, Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities, Consultation and In-Service Training, Professional Seminar in Special Education

SOE News
February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.