Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin

Research Interests

Early childhood curriculum, assessment and measure development, instructional implementation in an early childhood setting, and indicators of high quality licensed child care centers


I am a child of Presbyterian (USA) missionaries who have been working on social justice issues since I was born. They founded and direct Project Vida in El Paso, Texas where I spent most of my life. 

I attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio for my undergraduate work. I majored in elementary education and minored in sociology and psychology. After graduation, I taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade in public and charter schools in New Jersey, Colorado and Arizona. While in Arizona, I completed a master’s degree in early childhood education from Northern Arizona University.

After moving to Indiana, I became the director of a registered ministry preschool program. During this time, I completed my Ed. D. in instructional leadership focusing on early childhood education. In July 2011, I became the director of the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School.

Selected Publications

  • Schlesinger-Devlin, E., Elicker, J., & Anderson, T. (2016). [Research-teacher collaborations in applied research in a university laboratory school.] In N. Barbour & B. A. McBride (Eds.), The future of child development laboratory schools: Applied developmental science in action. New York: Routledge.

  • Elicker, J., Anderson, T., & Schlesinger-Devlin, E. (2014, April). Researcher-teacher collaboration in applied research in a university laboratory school. In N.E. Barbour (Chair), The future of child development laboratory programs: A multisite applied developmental research consortium? Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia.

  • Elicker, J., Anderson, T., Choi, J., Schlesinger-Devlin, E., & Gold, Z. (2013). Children’s social competence, physical activity, and early engineering thinking in the Imagination Playground™, traditional playground, and dramatic play area: Final report to KaBOOM! (Technical Report). West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University.


  • EdD, 2011, Instructional Leadership, Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona

  • MA, 2005, Early Childhood Education, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

  • BA, 1997, Elementary Education, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio

Professional Service

  • Aug 2012, Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana conference presenter

  • June 2012, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference poster presenter

  • September 2010, 2011, Making Connections Madison County early childhood conference presenter

  • January 2009, 2010, 2011, Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) conference presenter and panelist

  • June 2008-Aug 2011, Member of Early Childhood Coalition of Grant County

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • EDU 218:  Critical Issues: Classroom Management, Indiana Wesleyan University

  • ECED 111:  Environment for Infants & Toddlers, Ivy Tech Community College

  • ECED 130:  Developmentally Appropriate Guidance in a Cultural Context, Ivy Tech Community College

  • ECED 101:  Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood, Ivy Tech Community College

  • ECED 120:  Child Growth and Development, Ivy Tech Community College

  • ECED 110:  Infant & Toddler Growth and Development, Ivy Tech Community College

  • HDFS 212:  Child Observation Practicum, Purdue University

  • HDFS 412:  Music and Movement in Early Childhood, Purdue University

  • HDFS 415:  Approaches to Early Childhood Education, Purdue University

  • CDA:  *Non-Formal CDA Project, Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

Professional Membership

  • 2011-Present, National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers (NCCC)

  • 2007-Present, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

  • 1998-Present, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • 2008-Present, Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC)

  • 2008-2011, East Central Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

  • 2004-2008, Arizona Education Association and National Educators Association

External Grants

  • May 2012, Children’s Social Competence and Engineering Play in the Imagination Playground research grant in collaboration with Dr. James Elicker, professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, and Dr. Demetra Evangelou, assistant professor, Engineering Education, Purdue University.

  • July 2010, Infant-Toddler Quality Enhancement Initiative awarded by the Indiana Association for the Child Care Resource & Referral for facility improvements at Westminster Presbyterian Preschool to support increased infant/toddler capacity in Indiana.

  • September 2010, Wal-Mart Community Support Grant for the support of low-income tuition assistance at Westminster Presbyterian Preschool.

Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin

Director, Miller Child Development Laboratory School

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

(Ed.D., Argosy University)

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