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Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Scott Chamberlin, Department Head
313 McWhinnie Hall
Phone: (307) 766-6366, FAX: (307) 766-2018
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/elemed/

Professors

STEVEN M. BIALOSTOK, B.A. University of the Pacific 1975; M.S.W. California State University - Sacramento 1986; Ph.D. University of Arizona 1999; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2015, 2000.
CYNTHIA BROCK, B.S. Oregon State University 1981; MGd Washington State University 1985; Ph.D. Michigan State University 1997; Wyoming Excellence in Education Literacy Chair 2015.
MICHELLE BUCHANAN, B.A. University of Utah 1974; M.Ed. University of Illinois 1976; Ph.D. University of Washington 1995; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011, 1997.
SCOTT A. CHAMBERLIN, B.A. Purdue University 1989 and 1993; M.Ed. University of Utah 1998; Ph.D. Purdue University 2002; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2015, 2003.
JACQUELINE LEONARD, B.A. Saint Louis University 1981; M.A.T. University of Texas, Dallas 1991; M.T.S. Southern Methodist University 1994; Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park 1997; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.
ALLEN TRENT, B.A. Eastern Kentucky University 1986; M.S. University of Dayton 1992; Ph.D. The Ohio State University 2000; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.

Associate Professors

ALAN R. BUSS, B.A. Brigham Young University 1989; M.A. 1993; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1998; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2003, 1997.
JENNIFER FORRESTER, B.S. Western Carolina University 2002; M.A.T. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2006; Ph.D. North Carolina State University, expected 2010; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2016, 2010.
TAO HAN, B.A. Sungshin Women’s University, Korea 1984; M.A. University of Arizona 1993; M.A. University of Nevada-Reno 2002; Ph.D. 2006; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2016, 2010.
TRICIA JOHNSON, B.S. Lehigh University 1991; M.Ed. 1993; Ed.S. George Washington University 1997; Ed.D. Columbia University 2004; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.
STEVEN LOCKE, B.A. Indiana University 1985; M.S. Portland State University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University 1997; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2005, 2001.
SAMARA MADRID, B.A. University of Hawaii at Hilo 1998; M.A. San Jose State University 2000; Ph.D. Ohio State University 2007; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2014, 2009.
PATRICK MANYAK, B.A. Pepperdine University 1988; M.S. 1990; Ph.D. University of Southern California-Los Angeles 2001; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2007, 2001.
PETER WILLIAM MORAN, B.A. University of Wyoming 1987; M.A. Kansas State University 1993; Ph.D. 2000; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2006, 2001.
LYDIAH NGANGA, B.S. University of Wyoming 1998; M.S. 2000; Ph.D. 2005; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011, 2005.
AMY ROBERTS, B.S. Indiana University 1986; M.A. Portland State University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University 1996; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2004, 1998.
KATHERINE MUIR WELSH, B.A. University of California—Berkeley 1986; Single Subject Teaching Credential (Life Sciences) University of California—Santa Barbara 1990; Ph.D. University of California—Los Angeles 2002; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2008, 2002.

Assistant Professors

ANA HOUSEAL, B.A. University of Iowa 1985; M.A. University of Northern Iowa 1998; Ph.D. University of Illinois 2010; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011.
TAMMY MIELKE, B.S. Martin Luther College 1991; M.A. Eastern Michigan University 2002; Ph.D. Coventry University, UK 2007; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011.
DANA ROBERTSON, B.A. Berklee College of Music 1996; M.Ed. University of Massachusetts 2001; Ed.D. Boston University 2012; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.

Associate Lecturers

NIKKI BALDWIN, B.A. University of Wyoming 1994; M.A. 2005; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2015, 2009.
KIMBERLY MILLER,
B.A. University of Wyoming 1998; M.A. 2003; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2013, 2007.
AMY SPIKER,
B.A. University of Wyoming 1989; M.A. 2004; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2013, 2007.
DIANA L. WIIG,
B.A. University of Northern Iowa 1975; M.A. University of Wyoming 1990; Ph.D. 2004; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Assistant Lecturer

JENNIFER GERINGER, B.A. University of Texas - San Antonio 1991; M.S. University of Wyoming 1997; Ph.D. 2001; Assistant Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2015.

Professors Emeritus

Barbara A. Chatton, Margaret Cooney, Judith Z. Ellsworth, Patricia McClurg. R. Timothy Rush

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program prepares students to teach grades K-6. Students majoring in elementary education take general university studies courses, content courses in math, science, literacy, music, art, American diversity, and communication, and education courses in special education, democracy in schools, assessment, and content pedagogy. Additionally, elementary majors choose an area of concentration in which they take 18 credit hours. The areas of concentration include Early Childhood Education B-8, Creative Arts, International Studies/American Cultural Diversity, and Environmental Studies.

Literacy Minor

The Elementary Literacy Education minor allows interested students to develop expertise in teaching literacy in the elementary school. Through the minor program students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills related to teaching reading and writing and thus will be well prepared to compete for and excel in teaching positions in elementary schools in Wyoming and elsewhere. The Elementary Literacy Education minor fulfills the Area of Concentration requirement in the Elementary Education major program.The minor consists of 18 credit hours.

Required courses (18 credits)
EDEL 2140: Teaching Literacy in Elementary School (3 credits)
EDEL 4390/5390: Literature and Reading/Writing Instruction (3 credits)
EDEL 3720: Literacy Difficulties: Assessment and Instruction (3 credits)
EDEL 3710: Integrated Reading and Writing in the Disciplines (3 credits)
Elective Courses (6 credits): EDCI 4140/51403; EDCI 4160/5160; EDEC/EDCI 4320; EDCI 4760/5760; EDEL 2275 or 2280; EDCI 4120; EDCI 4350.

Elementary Education (EDEL) Courses

Early Childhood

The College of Education offers an early childhood minor and three early childhood endorsement programs.

Early Childhood Minor

The minor consists of 22 credit hours including 9 hours of upper division credit. It is recommended that students interested in obtaining the early childhood minor apply to the program by the freshman year or the beginning of the sophomore year by completing the Change of Major, Adviser, Minor, Option/Concentration, College, and/or Graduation Status form, which may be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/registrar/students/forms_and_petitions.html.

Required courses (22 credits)
EDEC 1020: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
FCSC 2121: Child Development (4 credits) or PSYC 2300 and FCSC 2122 (4 credits)
EDEC 2000: Engaging Families in Early Childhood Settings (3 credits)
EDEL 2275: Literature for Young Children (3 credits) or EDEL 2280: Literature for Children (3 credits)
EDEC 3000: Observing Young Children (3 credits)
EDEC 3220: School Programs for Young Children (3 credits)
EDEC 4320: Oral and Written Language Acquisition (3 credits)

Early Childhood Endoresement Programs

There are three early childhood endoresement programs available for students:

  • The B-8 endorsement program for elementary education majors;
  • The B-5 endorsement program for Family and Consumer Sciences/Child Development option majors (or majors in other fields related to early childhood);
  • The B-5 early childhood special education program for post-baccalaureate students with a degree in education or a field related to early childhood.

In addition, undergraduate education majors may choose early childhood education as an 18 credit hour area of concentration. Specific advising in each of the early childhood program options suport students in their program development.

Early Childhood (EDEC) Courses


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