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Dr. Brigid Beaubien, Professor


"Go out of your way to make collegial relationships with the professors and other students - it makes the experience so much richer."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Wayne State University, 2003
  • M.A. – Wayne State University, 1999
  • B.S. – Eastern Michigan University, 1990

Career Highlights:

Dr. Beaubien began her career as a teacher and administrator at both public and private schools in Detroit, Michigan. Since becoming a professor, Dr. Beaubien's research has focused on elementary social studies methods, early childhood education, and race in the classroom.

Her research has been published in journals such as "Young Children" and "The Journal of Research of Childhood Education." She has several book chapters published in edited books and has presented at over 50 national conferences and countless statewide conferences. She has served as a board member for the Poverty & Social Reform Institute in Michigan and the Research Institute for Waldorf Education in New Hampshire.

In addition, Dr. Beaubien has sat on the advisory board for HighScope IRB, the United Way Early Childhood Advisory Council, and Washtenaw Community College's ECE program. She has received several awards since coming to EMU, including:

  • New Faculty Research Award from EMU
  • Outstanding Faculty in Classroom Instruction from the Holman Success Center at EMU
  • Faculty of Excellence Award from the College of Education at EMU
  • Two-time recipient of the Dean's Award for Innovative Teaching from the College of Education at EMU
  • Invitation to the R. Freeman Butts Institute on Civic Learning in Teacher Education, 2009
  • Women of Excellence Award from the Women's Resource Center at EMU
  • College Educator of the Year from the Michigan Council for the Social Studies
  • Alumni Teaching Excellence Award from EMU
  • Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Teaching I Award, EMU's most prestigious honor

In which online degree program do you teach?

M.A. in Early Childhood Education

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    ECE 605: Foundations and ECE 608: Leadership and Advocacy

  • What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

    The capacity to work theoretically and practically in early childhood education, specifically in roles of leadership and advocacy in the field.

  • Why did you start teaching?

    I became a professor to mentor and guide educators' development into teachers, leaders and advocates for the field.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

    Go out of your way to make collegial relationships with the professors and other students—it makes the experience so much richer.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

    An understanding of theory that can be used to develop their practice.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

    There are two large challenges in the field of ECE right now. One, the push down of the K-3 curriculum to younger children. And two, the lack of a livable wage for large sectors of the profession.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" by Paulo Freire.

  • Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

    I collect antiques and can be found all over the Midwest from April through October at antique shows.

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