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Our distinguished faculty is committed to improving teaching and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They support a constructivist model of teaching and learning, which has as its foundation the developmental theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. The faculty is among the best scholars and practitioners in the elementary, early childhood and special education fields, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.

Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.

Department Chair

  • Dr. Diane H. Nettles


    Dr. Nettles is the department chairperson of the Childhood Education department beginning Spring More


  • Dr. Peter Cormas

    PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator

    Dr. Cormas joined California University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and teaches science and More

  • Dr. Holly L. Diehl


    Dr. Diehl was an elementary teacher and principal for 18 years. She now supervises student More

  • Dr. J. William Hug

    Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Elementary Science and Math Education

    Dr. Hug's academic work focuses on elementary science teacher education, environmental More

  • Dr. Christine Peterson


    Dr. Peterson has 20 years of experience as an educator, including as a public school teacher in More

  • Dr. Clover Wright

    Assistant Professor and Online ECE and ESL Programs Coordinator

    Dr. Wright was born and raised in rural West Virginia. She is the daughter and granddaughter of More