Associate Professor of Education Leslie Couse has co-edited, with Susan L. Recchia, a new book titled, “Handbook of Early Childhood Education,” published by Routledge. The handbook synthesizes both contemporary research and best practices in early childhood teacher education, a unique segment of teacher education defined by its focus on child development, the role of the family, and support for all learners. The first volume of its kind, the handbook provides comprehensive coverage on key topics in the field, including the history of early childhood teacher education programs, models for preparing early childhood educators, pedagogical approaches to supporting diverse learners, and contemporary influences on this quickly expanding area of study.
Couse’s expertise lies in preparing teachers for inclusive early childhood settings through interdisciplinary collaboration with parents, teachers, and service providers. Through community partnerships she researches inclusive teacher education, leadership development for the field of disability, and the use of technology in early education. Chair of the UNH Education Department, Couse is also an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and project director for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education funded Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology Project. Couse has served as guest editor for a special issue and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and is a past Governing Board member of the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators.