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Michelle L. Schpakow, Ed.D.

Science Education Lecturer

Curriculum and Instruction
McAllan Hall 208

Michelle L. Schpakow, Ed.D.

Dr. Schpakow completed her M.S. in Geosciences at Mississippi State University and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Liberty University. She earned her B.A. from Rider University where she double majored in Elementary Education and Marine Ecology. These degree programs afforded Dr. Schpakow many independent scientific research opportunities as well as numerous and varied experiences working in New Jersey public schools.

Before her appointment at Monmouth University, Dr. Schpakow served as a middle school science teacher for twelve years, a cooperating teacher for preservice teachers, a scorer for edTPA, and several additional roles relating to science and zoology. Her overall research interests include women in science and science education in American schools, while her dissertation research focused specifically on male and female middle school students’ attitudes toward science.


Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

M.S., Geosciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Graduate Certificates in Physical Science and General Science, Plymouth State University, Plymouth New Hampshire

Education/Marine Ecology , Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

Research Interests

Dr. Schpakow’s overall research interests center around science education as it relates to preparation for STEM professions.  Specifically, Dr. Schpakow is interested in the “gender gap” in science, students’ attitudes toward science, and American science education programs ultimately leading to development of scientific professionals.


Scholarly Articles

Schpakow, M. L. (2020). Synthesizing geologic data into an argument for plate tectonic theory. Science Scope, 43(5), 42-51.

Professional Associations

  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
  • National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA)
  • Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • New Jersey Earth Science Teacher Association (NJESTA)

Grant Support/Academic Funding

2020 UCI Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Faculty Enrichment Grant

2019 SOE Transformative Learning Grant


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Content Literacy (ED 319, ED 529)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching (ED 428)
  • Curriculum Development and Design (EDL 536)
  • Diversity in Education (ED 606)
  • Methods of Teaching Science for Elementary School (ED 361)
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies (ED 362)
  • Teaching English Language Learners in Mainstream Classroom (ED 320)
  • Teaching Social Studies at the Elementary Level (ED 576)
  • Teaching Students With Diverse Needs (ED 320)

Recently Taught Classes

2021 Fall

2021 Summer E

2021 Summer B

2021 Spring

2020 Fall

2020 Summer E

2020 Summer B

2020 Spring

2019 Fall