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Dr. Joan P. Isenberg
EdD, Rutgers University
Professor Emerita of Education
Associate Dean, Outreach and Professional Development Office
Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Teacher Education

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Phone: (703) 993-2037
Fax: (703) 993-3678

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2201
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Isenberg is Associate Dean for Outreach and Professional Development and Professor Emerita of Education in the College of Education and Human Development. She coordinates the growth of CEHD's non-degree professional development outreach activities, the effective development of new and existing academic programs, and the timely reporting of partnership and program information required by various external constituencies.

Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean at George Mason University, Dr. Isenberg was responsible for designing and developing the early childhood licensure and post-licensure programs and the advanced master's degree program aligned with standards from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her primary teaching interests are in teaching and learning, arts integration, and early childhood teacher education. She has received two distinguished faculty awards for teaching excellence and was a finalist for the Virginia State Council of Higher Education teaching excellence award. Before joining the Mason faculty, Dr. Isenberg taught young children and held administrative positions in both public and private school settings.

Dr. Isenberg has published books, journal articles, and review articles on early childhood education and early childhood teacher education, particularly in the areas of teachers' professional development, early childhood curriculum, and arts integration. All of her writing and publications are integrally connected with her teaching.

She served as Visiting Scholar for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and was the recipient of the Allyn and Bacon/National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators' Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator award. In addidtion, she is the past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, the Metro Washington Association for Childhood Education International, has served on the Board of Examiners for NCATE as well as on numerous advisory boards for refereed journals, associations, and community task forces

Research Interests
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Arts Integration
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
Recent Publications
  • Jalongo, M. R. & Isenberg, J. P. (2004). Exploring your role: A practitioner's introduction to early childhood education (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice-Hall.
  • Isenberg, J. P. (2003). Using National Board Standards to redesign master's degrees for teachers: A guide for institutions of higher education. [On-line]
  • Isenberg, J. P. & Jalongo, M. R. (2003) Major trends and issues in early childhood education: Challenges, controversies, and insights (2nd ed.). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Isenberg, J. P. & Jalongo, M. R. (2001). Creative expression and play in early childhood (3rd edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Jalongo M. R. & Isenberg, J. P. (1995). Teachers' stories: From personal narrative to professional insight. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Isenberg, J. P. (2001). Advancing Teacher Knowledge. National Board Teachers Play a Central Role in Helping Redesign a Master's Degree Program Focused on the National Board Standards, Content Knowledge, and Integration of Technology. In National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Advancing teacher development (pp. 75-86). Arlington, VA: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Isenberg, J. (2000). The State of the Art in Early Childhood Professional Preparation. In National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education. New teachers for a new century: The future of early childhood professional development (pp. 17-58). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
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Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Arts Integration
  • Early Childhood Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
Other Courses Taught
  • Research and Scholarship in Education (EDUC 805)