B.S. – Clearwater Christian College, 2003
M.Ed. – Georgia State University, 2008
Ph.D. – University of Georgia, 2014


Dr. Sara Luke is an assistant professor of Special Education at the Tift College of Education. Prior to joining the Tift faculty, Dr. Luke taught young children with disabilities in an elementary school for 14 years.


Dr. Luke teaches special education courses in for undergraduates including courses such as Assessment in Special Education, Characteristics of Typical/Atypical Development, Introduction to Special Education, and Specialized Instruction for Diverse Learners.


Dr. Luke’s scholarship includes qualitative research methodologies, family-centered practices in special education, and undergraduate teacher education. Some of her publications include:


Luke, S. E., & Vaughn, S. M. (2020). Embedding virtual simulation into a course to teach parent-teacher collaboration skills. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Luke, S. E. (2020). Mixed- reality virtual simulation: Where should you start? The Teaching Professor.

Luke, S. E., Vail, C. O., Roulston, K., & Clees, T. J., (2020). Examining the expectations of parents of young children with disabilities from a ‘care’ perspective. Exceptionality,


Dr. Luke serves her community as a church mentor for young women and is a member of the Georgia Association of Education for Young Children, Council for Exceptional Children, and Teacher Education for the Council for Exceptional Children. She co-chairs the Tift College of Education student advisory board and serves on student doctoral committees.