Matthew Boggan

Dr. Matthew Boggan

Professor of Special Education

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Dr. Matthew Boggan joined Georgia Gwinnett College in 2016 from Mississippi State University where he coordinated educational leadership and special education programs. He has served in many educational roles over his career including bus driver, assistant teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, principal and professor. His most memorable educational moment as a special education teacher included one of his students winning the Council for Exceptional Children’s “YES I CAN” Award for self-help skills at the 1997 annual conference in Salt Lake City. Memorable moments as a principal included initiating and chaperoning the first integrated senior class trip, working with faculty to create behavior programs for students with challenging behaviors, and successfully lobbying for a new building. From 2009–2016, Boggan served as principal investigator/project director of a U.S. Department of Education Transition to Teaching grant which awarded 151 scholarships to students willing to teach in high-need school districts in Mississippi. 63 of those students were special education majors. In 2016, 96% of the 151 scholars are still teaching, and over 80% are still teaching in high-need school districts. Boggan credits this unusually high retention rate to effective mentoring efforts of grant faculty and staff.


  • Doctorate – educational leadership – Nova Southeastern University
  • Master's – special education – Mississippi State University
  • Bachelor's – special education – University of Mississippi
  • Post-graduate – University of Mississippi, Harvard University, Mississippi State University

Academic Interests

  • Special education
  • Teacher mentoring
  • Educational leadership

Courses taught (all classes include a field experience component):

  • Instructional Foundations of Special Education
  • Instructional Design and Delivery of Special Education
  • Student Teaching: Professional Practice of Special Education
  • Student Teaching: Planning and Assessment of Special Education
  • Enhancing the Lives of Adults with Disabilities through Film, Art, and Education

Funded Grants:

  • Boggan, M., Lee, C., and Shim, Y. (2017). The GGC Next Stop Project: Enhancing the lives of adults with disabilities through Art, Film, and Education. Funded through the GGC College Community Innovations Project (CIP), GGC Center for Teaching Excellence.


  • Boggan, M., Pope, M., Jayroe, T., & Wallin, P. (2016). Mentoring of T2T (Transition to Teaching) Alternate Route Special Education Scholars in High-Needs Schools. National Forum of Special Education Journal, 27(1), p. 1-13. 
  • Boggan, M., Jayroe, T., & Alexander, B. (2016). Hitting the Target with Transition to Teaching in Mississippi’s Poorest Districts: High Retention Rates through Program Support, Resources, and Strategic Recruiting. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification (JNAAC), 11(1), p. 1-9
  • Boggan, M. & Wallin, P. (2016). Under the Microscope: Principal Perceptions of the Mississippi Statewide Teachers Assessment Rubric (MSTAR), a Pilot-Year Study. Excellence in Education Journal, 5(2), p. 1-53.


  • 2016 Mississippi State University, Service Recognition Award 
  • 2015 Mississippi State University, Office of Research, Meridian Campus Research Award
  • 2013 Mississippi State University, Leadership Academy, Faculty Leadership Award
  • 2012 Mississippi State University, College of Education, Adkerson Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2010 Mississippi State University, Meridian Campus Division of Education, Outstanding Service Award
  • 2010 Mississippi State University, College of Education, Worth-Bagley Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2004 Weir High School, Mississippi Department of Education Closing the Achievement Gap Award (accepted for ALL Stakeholders)
  • 2003 Weir High School, Best Principal Award (Presented by Class of 2003)
  • 1993 North Mississippi Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Employee of the Year Finalist

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for Exceptional Children – member
  • Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education – program committee
  • National Field Experience Conference – executive committee