Natsuko Takemae

Assistant Professor

Special Education & Interventions

Contact Information

Clarence Carroll Hall 220

Phone: 860-832-2196


Dr. Natsuko Takemae is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Interventions at Central Connecticut State University. She works with pre-service and in-service teachers as well as school professionals across K-12 settings. In the public schools, she worked with students from diverse backgrounds including students with disabilities, their peers without disabilities, and students who are English Language Learners and English as a Second Language speakers in a secondary general education classroom. In a community-based setting, she worked with an equine-assisted therapy program designed for adult learners with disabilities and teacher candidates enrolled in the leadership and service-learning course for a multi-year project. She also works with local, state, and international community agencies for strengthening school-community partnerships and building inclusive educational communities with UDL, collaboration, and technology applications. Her research interests include UDL, collaboration, and technology applications for inclusive and equitable education through culturally responsible and sustainable practices. 

Dr. Takemae holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an emphasis in teacher preparations for UDL applications, inclusive education, and interdisciplinary collaboration and collegiality in special education and general education. She also holds an M.Ed. and B.S. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a B.A. in English from J.F. Oberlin University, Tokyo, Japan. 


Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


Technology applications across educational settings

Inclusive and equitable education

Culturally responsible and sustainable practices
Animal-assisted therapy