Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies
BS, MS, PhD, Michigan State University
About Dr. Shedd
Dr. Shedd teaches undergraduate courses in language and literacy development and courses that offer collaboration with the Center for Young Children and Families . She also teaches the Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession course and has taught a graduate course in Research Design. She has teaching interests in school readiness, including nutrition, health, and safety.
Her research interests include the development of young children and how it can be supported in early childhood education environments and preservice teacher preparation, particularly literacy development. She has authored several publications, including multiple professional development and resource guides, speaks widely about language and literacy development in early childhood education, and is a member of several literacy-based and early childhood organizations.
Dr. Shedd received her Doctoral degree from Michigan State University in Educational Psychology with a Specialization in Language and Literacy. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between early childhood educators’ teaching practices, perceptions of themselves as literacy educators, content knowledge, and children’s literacy outcomes. Before joining the department in 2010, Dr. Shedd taught courses in language and literacy development at Michigan State University, and literacy development and creative development at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.