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Margaret Finnegan

Coordinator, Education of the Deaf MA Program and Online Instructor in Deaf Education MA Program at Flagler College


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


  • Fiedler, R, Mullen, L. & Finnegan, M. (2009) 
  • Portfolios in Context: A comparative study in two preservice teacher education programs. Journal of Technology in Education. 42(2), 99-122. Vernon, M. & Finnegan, M. (2005, Spring/Summer). 
  • Deaf education and the future of the Deaf Community. CSD Spectrum, Vol.5, Issue 1. Williams, C. B., & Finnegan, M. (2003). 
  • From Myth to Reality: Sound information for Teachers About Students Who Are Deaf. Teaching Exceptional Children, 35(3), 40. Finnegan, M., & Goodhart, W. (1987). 
  • Practice makes perfect: The effect of through the air drafting on the writing process. Teaching English to the Deaf and Second Language Students, 5(1). Bernstein, M., & Finnegan, M. (1983). 
  • Internal speech and deaf children. American Annals of the Deaf, 128(4), 483-489. 

Member of:

  • Member, National Agenda Task Force on Deafness
  • Member, State Leaders in Deaf Education Summit Committee
  • Member, Florida Advisory Board to the National Agenda
  • Florida Association of Teacher Educators
  • American Society for Deaf Children
  • National Association of the Deaf

Professional Profile

Dr. Finnegan pioneered the Masters Deaf Education program at Flagler College. 


Professor Finnegan earned her Ph.D. Special Education Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, January, 1986
Dissertation Topic: Interpreter Effectiveness in Sign-to-Voice Interpreting for Deaf Children 
M.S.Ed. Education of the Deaf McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, December 1975
B.A. Education of the Deaf Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD, May 1972 
Recipient of the Sr. Mary Delaney Award by the Association of College Educators, Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ACEDHH) 2018

Teaching and Related Service

Previously taught at:

  • Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
  • Temple University
  • Community College of Philadelphia

Classes Taught:

  • Foundations of Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Methods of Instruction for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Methods of Reading and Language Instruction for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 
  • Speech for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
  • Curriculum for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Grammar Theory, Portfolio Development
  • Professional Development
  • Introduction To Research, Action Research for the Classroom Teacher
  • Content Methods for the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

Area of Research:

  • ASL Language 
  • Portfolio development, literacy development with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. 

More Information


  • Association of College of Educators for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing 
  • American Society for Deaf Children 
  • Conference of Executives of American School Administrators in Schools and Programs for the Deaf 
  • Florida Association for the Deaf 
  • National Association of the Deaf 
  • Council of Exceptional Children  
  • Omicron Delta Kappa