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Ruth K. Morris, Ed.D.

Lecturer, Chair

Curriculum and Instruction

Early Childhood Education

Curriculum and Instruction
McAllan Hall 203
Office Hours
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ruth K. Morris, Ed.D.

Dr. Morris’ research interests include development of student self-efficacy in writing, emergent writing development of bilingual early childhood, and service learning. Dr. Morris is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Education.

Before appointment at Monmouth University, Dr. Morris served as a teacher in private, public, and Head Start educational levels from preschool through elementary grades in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. She has served as an adjunct, teaching developmental English, reading and writing in adult education at Brookdale Community College and Ocean County College. Dr. Morris’ background has also afforded opportunities to teach English Language Learners, recognition as Teacher of the Year, and serving on the early childhood research team for the National Institute for Early Education Research. Dr. Morris has continued to expand focus with online learning platforms by completing Quality Matters certification for teaching online and serving as an Online Learning Faculty Educator through CETL at Monmouth University.

Dr. Morris has been integral in establishing and expanding a service-learning partnership with Amerigo A. Anastasia Elementary School in Long Branch, New Jersey. The service-learning partnership provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to begin classroom experiences as mentors before required clinical practice hours. Under Dr. Morris’ leadership, the service-learning initiative has extended partnership with New Jersey Literacy Volunteers of America to provide English language classes for parents of the children represented in the partnership.

In Spring 2020, Dr. Morris collaborated to conduct a culture walk in the Long Branch community for teacher candidates. Dr. Morris continues to serve as a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, CETL.


Ed.D. in Education with a Specialization in Teacher Leadership, Walden University

M.A. in Education with Specialization in Literacy, Walden University



Follow in My Footsteps (Memoir of Holocaust Survivor) – Pending Publication

Student Perceptions of Self Efficacy as a Developing Writer

Teachers’ Perceptions of Emergent Writing Instruction in the Preschool Classroom

Let Me Learn

Presentations/Invited Talks

CETL: How Learning Works, Book Chapter Presentation – How Learning Works, Chapter 7 Promoting Learner Self-Direction 03/26/18

Spring New Jersey Future Educators Association Conference, Monmouth University 05/31/17

Stick Kid Goes to Preschool, Break-out session Vocabulary in the Developmental English College Classroom, Faculty Roundtable, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ, 2017

Spring Symposium, Early Childhood Educators, Brookdale Community College, Vistual Literacy for Emergent Writers, 2007

Professional Associations

Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

National Association for Education of Young Children

New Jersey Association of Early Childhood

New Jersey Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development

The National Society of Leadership and Success

Grant Support/Academic Funding

(2018) SOE Transformative Learning Grant – Utilizing Parental Learning Styles to Help Parents Help Their Children


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Development and Learning in Early Childhood (EDL 502)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Assessment for Inclusive Environments (EDL 560)
  • Early Childhood Family, School and Community Collaboration in a Diverse Society (EDL 521)
  • Early Literacy and Language Development (EDL 522)
  • Educational Psychology (EDL 201)
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EDL 280)
  • Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Education (ED 250)

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

2019 Summer E

2019 Summer B

2019 Spring