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Dr. Betty Jean Guth has retired as professor emeritus of special education after 22 years of service to Central.
Guth came to Central in 1974 as an assistant professor of special education. She previously served as clinical director and administrator at the Lexington House Corporation residential facility for the adult mentally retarded, and was a former coordinator for the Special Education Association of Peoria County, Illinois, public school programs for mentally handicapped.
She earned a doctorate in special education/educational administration at Illinois State University. She also studied at the University of Iowa, earning a master’s degree in corrective/adaptive physical education and a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
In addition to her teaching assignments at Central, Guth served as coordinator of special education, advisor to undergraduate special education majors and advisor to the university’s chapter of the Student Council for Exceptional Children. She also served as a consultant to school districts in communities such as Warsaw and Higginsville with regard to special education students.
Guth’s professional memberships have included the Council for Exceptional Children and the American Council on Rural Special Education.
Her research activities have focused on the treatment of children, including a “Study of the Incidence and Patterns of Child Abuse and Neglect of Handicapped and Non-Handicapped Children in Missouri,” which she conducted in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Social Services.