Michael Tirpak, Ph.D.

Michael Tirpak
Phone: 732-987-2704
Office Location:
207 Raymond Hall West
Office Hours:
Vary by semester but are always available by appointment.
Education Department


  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.A. Psychology and School Psychologist Certification,Marywood College (now University)
  • B.A. Psychology, King's College
Professional license:
  • New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners - Psychologist
Recent Scholarship:
  • Tirpak, M.J. (2011, September). Challenge and success in collaboratively determined individualized education design.  A presentation at the Neptune Township School District. Neptune, NJ.
  • Tirpak, M.J. (2011, Fall). Begin the school year with a positive attitude: Cognitive-behavioral strategies to improve teacher functioning. Exceptional Educator (NJCEC Newsletter).
  • Tirpak, M.J. (2011, November). Theory based strategies for the effective employment of educational intervention practices for both classified and non-classified students. A presentation at the Neptune Township School District. Neptune, NJ.
  • Tirpak, M.J. (2012, March). Individualizing challenge for the student's level of tolerance. New Jersey Council of Exceptional Children Spring Conference at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Mahwah, NJ.
  • Tirpak, M.J. (2012, March). Student behaviors signal educator's intervention selection. New Jersey Council of Exceptional Children Spring Conference at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ.
  • Accepted for publication in Exceptional Educator (NJCEC Newsletter)- Tirpak, M.J. A strategy for the special education teacher: Establishing a framework of student challenge and success during the development of the IEP.
Courses Taught:
  • ED414 Approaches To Classroom Management in Special Education
  • ED3201 Assessment and Instructional Design for Students with Special Needs
  • ED6095 Project Thesis I
  • ED6099 Project Thesis II
  • ED6302 Counseling and Interviewing Techniques
  • EDS5201 Introduction to Learning Disabilities
  • EDS6006 Psychological Testing of the Disabled
  • EDC5030 Introduction to Teaching the Disabled
  • EDC5034 Introduction to Learning Disabilities
  • EDC6095 Project: Applied Thesis I
  • EDC6099 Project: Applied Thesis II
  • EDC6301 Foundations of School Counseling
  • EDC6302 Theories and Procedures of Guidance
  • EDC6303 Counseling and Interview Techniques
  • EDC6304 Career Counseling and Development
  • EDC6313 Co-Planning and Co-Teaching for Inclusive Education
  • EDC7005 Collaboration Theory and Practice
Service to the University:
  • Chair, School Counseling Programs
  • Member of the School of Education Administrative Council
  • Graduate Information Session Contributor
  • Past Middle State Accreditation Institutional Assessment Subcommittee Member
  • Past School of Education Autism Program Development Member
  • Past Ad Hoc Integrity Task Force Member
  • Past Academic Practices and Requirements Work Force Member
Why I Love GCU:
  • What a respectful and stimulating environment!

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