Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education / Faculty Director of the COE Early Learning Center
Dr. Chelsea T. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Morris was a teacher in a children's hospital and later, a public school early childhood special education teacher. She is committed to thinking differently, and deeply, about what is good for children, utilizing culturally responsive practices, an ethic of care, and a willingness to take risks. Dr. Morris' current teaching and research projects focus on bias in the perceptions of children's behavior in early childhood. This teaching and research is bolstered by expertise in practice-based coaching and trauma informed care through the nationally recognized Pyramid Model framework. Applying Pyramid Model strategies to all her endeavors, Dr. Morris builds environments conducive to positive behavior and relationships and focuses on the engagement of communities and families for school improvement. Most recently, Dr. Morris helped to open the COE Early Learning Center at UWG. As Faculty Director, and in partnership with supportive colleagues and a community focused on early learning, Dr. Morris hopes the Early Learning Center provides a spotlight on the importance of quality childcare and early learning opportunities in the West Georgia region.
Education / Degrees
- M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education, James Madison University, 2007
- Ph.D., Teaching and Learning, University of Miami, 2018