Loretta Zost

Associate Professor

Loretta Zost

Associate Professor

TJM 103

402- 872 - 2348

Office Hours:

Monday: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Courses Offered:

EDUC 420 Student Teaching Seminar
SPED 200 Introduction to Special Education
SPED 393 The Special Education Process from Referral to Post-Grad
SPED 407 Special Education Coordination Practicum
SPED 420 Differentiating Assessment Practices in an Inclusive Setting
SPED 450 Coordination of Special Education Programs
SPED 460 Transitional Strategies
SPED 465 Education of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practice for Special Education
SPED 540 Behavior Management


2009 – Ph.D. in Education (Capella University)
1997 – M.A. in Special Education (Adams State College)
1994 – B.A. in Elementary Education (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)


Dr. Loretta Zost is a member of the School of Education faculty at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate level education and special education courses and advises education students.

A native Texan, Dr. Zost received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She later received her Master’s in Special Education, Moderate Needs from Adams State College while teaching in Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Post-Secondary and Adult Education through Capella University.

Dr. Zost taught grades Pre-K through 12 in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska for a number of years. She particularly enjoyed working in the field of special education for 12 of those years. She continues to stay involved with students who have exceptional needs by sponsoring the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and helping to organize the annual Career Challenge event at PSC.  Most recently she is working with CEC members and the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) to organize their prom for area students with special needs.

Dr. Zost resides in Nebraska City with her husband, Greg, who also teaches in the Education Department at PSC. They have three grown children. She enjoys spending time with family, trying new recipes, doing decorating and home improvement projects, and playing with her chocolate lab.