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Special Interest Group: Early Childhood Teacher Ed.


First and foremost, the purpose of the ATE Early Childhood SIG is to provide a forum for the dissemination of current research and practice among early childhood teacher educators. Further, we intend to provide a consistent meeting place where early childhood educators across the nation can network, share ideas for teaching/learning, facilitate a community of collaborative endeavors, and support an environment of comradery among our members. Additionally, we aim to advocate for both children and their families by preparing future early childhood teachers to implement research based, best practices, which are developmentally appropriate and will positively impact children’s growth and development in each of the developmental domains. Finally, we strive to recruit new members through which the next generation of early childhood educators will be nurtured and sustained.

  • To increase communication between SIG members and others interested in Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECTE).
  • To provide a forum for reporting on research, programs, and other ECTE issues.
  • To inform other ATE members about teaching in developmentally appropriate early childhood settings.


Christopher Meidl
Duquesne University
Jill A. Smith
Central Methodist University

Laurel L. Byrne
La Salle University


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