Elena Nitecki is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education at Mercy College. Her academic experience includes over 18 years of teaching at the postsecondary level. Elena has taught a variety of courses, served on numerous committees, written accreditation reports, and chaired her department. Her academic scholarship includes publications and presentations on various topics in early childhood education, teacher preparation, and the impact of the Global Education Reform Movement on the education of young children.
Temple University, Ph.D., Education
Neumann University, MS, Instructional Leadership, Concentration in Early Childhood Education
Temple University, MSW, Concentration in Direct Practice: Children and Family Services
La Salle University, BSW
Current research includes various topics in early childhood education teacher preparation, the impact of the Global Education Reform Movement on the education of young children, and STEM education in elementary schools.
Faas, S., Kasüschke, D., Nitecki, E., Urban, M., & Wasmuth, H. (2019). Preface. In S. Faas, D. Kasüschke, E. Nitecki, M. Urban, & H. Wasmuth (2019). Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care–Reconceptualization and Comparison, vii-xv. Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood Series. Palgrave MacMillan.
Nitecki, E., & Wasmuth, H. (2019). GERM and its effects on ECEC: Analyzing unintended consequences, destructive practices, and hidden agendas. In S. Faas, D. Kasüschke, E. Nitecki, M. Urban, & H. Wasmuth (2019). Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care–Reconceptualization and Comparison, 57-84. Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood Series. Palgrave MacMillan.
Mages, W. K., Nitecki, E., & Ohseki, A. (2018, October). A college-community collaboration: Fostering developmentally appropriate practices in the age of accountability. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(3), 174-188. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/josotl/article/view/21761
Wasmuth, H. & Nitecki, E. (2018, March 20). Early Childhood in the World Development Report 2018: Acknowledged, but still rooted in a western-centric and economic-focused thinking. https://worldsofeducation.org/en/woe_homepage/woe_detail/15750/wdr2018-reality-check-19-early-childhood-in-the-wdr-2018-acknowledged-but-still-rooted-in-western-centric-and-economically-focused-thinking-by-helge-wasmuth-and-elena-nitecki
Dr. Nitecki teaches at several campuses, including the following online and face-to-face courses:
EDUC 500: Educational Foundations from Diverse Perspectives
EDUC 513: Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Foundations, Methods, Materials
EDUC 514: Working with Parents and Families of Children
EDUC 551: Language Arts for Early Childhood and Childhood
EDUC 553: Mathematics for Early Childhood and Childhood
EDUC 554: Science for Early Childhood and Childhood
MTHE 542: Enhancing Mathematics with STEM
- Teaching Innovation Award, Mercy College, 2018
- Online Teacher of the Year, Mercy College, 2013
- Professor, Childhood Education
- Chair, Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education