Mary Donegan-Ritter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education & Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Program
(319) 273-7279

“Inclusion teaches compassion, understanding and patience for typically developing children and gives children with special needs self-esteem and friendships.”

Areas of Expertise: 

Inclusive early education

Professional development

Courses Taught: 

Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction in Early Child. Ed.
Integrated Curriculum in Inclusive Preprimary Classrooms
Early Childhood Curriculum Development and Organization
Child, Family, School and Community Relationships
Guidance and Instruction in Early Childhood Education
Elementary Classroom Management
Elementary Social Studies Methods

Research Interests: 

Preparing early childhood teachers for inclusive practices; Social interactions in inclusive settings; Improving teacher quality


Ph. D. University of Illinois 1997 Early Childhood Special Education

C. A. S. Hofstra University 1992 Educational Administration

M. S. Queens College, CUNY 1986 Early Childhood Education

B. S. St. John's University 1982 Elementary and Special Education