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Mary Jalongo

DEd, Curriculum and Instruction

Contact Information:

Office: 122 Davis
Phone: 724-357-2417

Academic Qualifications:

  • BA, English Literature, University of Detroit - Mercy
  • MAT, Language Arts, Oakland University
  • PhD, Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood Education, University of Toledo

Academic Interests:

  • Emergent Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Writing for Professional Publication

Personal Narrative:

Mary Renck Jalongo is a teacher, writer, and editor. As a classroom teacher, she taught preschool, first grade, and second grade; collaborated to design a preschool program for the children of migrant farm workers; and taught in the laboratory preschool at the University of Toledo. Currently she is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Professional Studies in Education Department and coordinates the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction. In 1991–92, she earned the universitywide Outstanding Professor Award at IUP. 

As a writer, Dr. Jalongo has written, co-authored, and edited more than 25 books, many of them college-level textbooks in the field of early childhood education. These books include Early Childhood Language Arts (6th ed. Allyn & Bacon), Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning (6th ed. Pearson), Exploring Your Role: An Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3rd ed. Pearson), and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education: Challenges, Controversies, and Insights (2nd ed., Teachers College Press). Her two National Association for the Education of Young Children books are Young Children and Picture Books (2nd ed., NAEYC, 2004) and Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Essential Skills for Young Children (NAEYC, 2008). A book that she co-authored and edited, Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood, is among Springer’s top downloads. In addition, she is the author of two position papers for the Association for Childhood Education International and is the recipient of six national awards for excellence in writing, including four EDPRESS awards. 

Since 1995, Dr. Jalongo has served as editor-in-chief of the Springer bi-monthly publication Early Childhood Education Journal. Beginning in 2006, she has served a senior series editor for Educating the Young Child, published by Springer International since 2006.

Recent projects include serving as a content advisor to Sesame Street and Children’s Television Workshop, an interdisciplinary edited book on young children and the electronic media, and three research articles on writing for professional publication in the field of education. Her community service activities include designing professional development activities for rural Head Start teachers as well as volunteering with her registered therapy dog at schools, libraries, and health care facilities. She is the co-author of a research article on using dogs to motivate elementary school children to read, accepted for publication by the British journal Society & Animals. In 2013, Dr. Jalongo began working with United Disabilities Services Foundation and the Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility Pine Grove to initiate a service dog training project. In this program, Pine Grove staff and inmates train Labrador retrievers to become service dogs for people with disabilities. She received approval from IUP’s School of Adult and Continuing Education to offer four courses that will lead to a Certificate of Recognition for Pine Grove inmates and staff. 

Contracts for future publications include the book Writing for Publication: Tools and Transitions that Support Scholar’s Success (co-authored with Olivia N. Saracho) and the monograph Making Effective Presentations at Professional Conferences: A Guide for Teachers, Graduate Students, and Professors (with Crystal Machado).

  • Professional Studies in Education Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 303
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1080
  • Phone: 724-357-2400
  • Fax: 724-357-2961
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.