Marie Tejero Hughes

Special Education Faculty Affiliate

Marie Tejero Hughes is a Professor of Special Education and a Faculty Fellow in the Honors College.

She is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Special Education and the Program Coordinator for the Special Education PhD program. Dr. Tejero Hughes primarily teaches graduate courses in literacy designed for general and special education teachers working in urban communities. Her areas of expertise include comprehension instruction for students struggling with reading, reading instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and Latino family engagement in education.


PhD, University of Miami, Reading and Learning Disabilities

MSEd, University of Miami, Elementary Education

BSEd, University of Miami, Early Childhood/Elementary Education

Research & Teaching Interests

Marie Tejero Hughes focuses her research on enhancing teachers' instruction of reading across the curriculum, supporting the literacy needs of students with learning disabilities, and involving Latino families in the education process. She teaches graduate courses in literacy designed to assist general and special education teachers working in urban communities meet the needs of students struggling with literacy. For further information go to:

Selected Publications

Hughes, M. T. & Talbott, E. (Eds.) (under contract). The Handbook of Research on Diversity in Special Education. Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

McGrath, A. & Hughes, M. T. (2016). Students learning in inclusive science classrooms. In S. S. Pec (Ed.) STEM Education, (pp. 36-41). Stuyvesant Falls, NY: Rapid Intellect Group.

Ko. T., & Hughes, M. T. (2015). Reading comprehension instruction for adolescents with learning disabilities: A reality check. Education Sciences, 5, 413-439.

Hughes, M. T., Parker-Katz, M., & Balasubramanian, A. (2013). Learning to teach literacy through collaborative discussions of student work. Teacher and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 19, 543-555.

Hughes, M. T. & Parker-Katz, M. (2013). Integrating comprehension strategies into social studies instruction.  The Social Studies, 104, 93-104.

Honors & Awards

Luminary Award, University of Illinois Alumni Association, & Alumni Relations Council at UIC

INSPIRE Award, University of Illinois Alumni Association

Teaching Recognition Program Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia, Center of Minority Research in Special Education