Peru State College
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Loretta Zost

Contact Information:

Office: TJM 103

Office Phone: (402) 872-2348



Office Hours:

11:00 AM– 2:00 PM


12:00 noon – 2:00 PM


11:00 AM – 2:00 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 Stragegies

SPED 465 Education of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

SPED 500 Inclusionary Practice for Special Education

SPED 540 Behavior Management

COLL 101 Intro to Collegiate Education



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



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 Sidney, Iowa 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.