Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Holly Seplocha, Ed.D.

Seplocha Holly

Office:   V4103
Phone:   973-720-2310
Office Hours:   M 2:00-5:00 pm & By Appt.

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Position: Professor, Tenured; P-3 Coordinator Alternate Route Program
Area Specialization: Early Childhood Education

Academic Degrees and Certifications
  • Ed. D. Rutgers University - Educational Administration & Supervision
  • M.S. Wheelock College - Early Childhood Education, Leadership
  • B.A. New England College - Elementary Education
  • Certification: NJ Supervisor; NJ N-8 Teaching Certificate
Professional Experience
  • Consulting Senior Research Fellow – National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University
  • National Consulting Associates
  • Executive Director - The King’s Daughters Day School, Plainfield, NJ
  • Child Development Administrator - Chicago Commons Association, Chicago, IL
  • Head Start Director - Albany Park Community Center, Chicago, IL
  • Faculty -Community College of RI: Education Specialist-Head Start Training Center
  • Director/Teacher - Randolph Early Learning Center, Randolph, MA
  • Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher - Green Acres School, N. Providence, RI
Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities
  • CIEC-501-60 R 5:00 - 7: 30 pm
  • CIEC-636 -60 T 7:45 - 10 :00 pm
  • CIEE-630 -60 M 5:00 - 7:30 pm
  • EDUC 414-67 R 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Supervise P-3 Student Teacher & Practicum students
  • Coordinator of Modified Alternate Route P-3 program
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Project Director - Early Learning Improvement Consortium NJDOE grant
  • Project Director – Early Launch to Learning Initiative NJ DOE grant
  • Principal Investigator Lighthouse Evaluation Initiative (contract funded) in collaboration with the Association for Children of NJ & NJ Capital Fund.
Other Collegiate Assignments
  • Chair - Department Curriculum Committee
  • Member- University Undergraduate Council
  • Member - COE Curriculum Committee
  • Member - Department Student Relations Committee
Professional Affiliations and Activities
  • Consulting Editor: Young Children Journal – National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Memberships: National Association for the Education of Young Children; Phi Delta Kappa; American Educational Research Association; National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators; International Reading Association; National Association for Multicultural Education; Association of Childhood Education International .
  • NJ Professional Development Center for Early Care & Education, Policy Advisory Board Member; NJ Department of Education, Chair- Early Learning Improvement Consortium; Commissioner’s Steering Committee for Abbott, Chair - Committee to revise the Early Childhood Education Curriculum Framework
  • Member - National Easter Seals Professional Advisory Council
  • Validator - National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, NAEYC
  • Secretary - NJ Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • ETS: Local Advisory Committee for Development of Praxis Test in Early Childhood Education
Current Research Interests
  1. Longitudinal Study of Abbott district Pre-k programs and Kindergarten classrooms.
  2. Understanding issues of diversity through using Gardner's Multiple Intelligences
  3. Exploring the relationship between teacher background, experience, and education (traditional vs alternate route) and the quality of preschool classrooms
  4. What is needed to improve the quality of preschool classrooms? What recommendations can be made regarding structural variables (materials and environment) and process variables (teacher interactions and professional development)?
  5. Emergent Literacy & Performance Based Assessment
  6. Using children's literature to support teacher development
Awards and Honors
  • National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 2005 National Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year Award.
  • NJ Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Outstanding Teacher Educator Award 2004.
  • Expert testimony cited in the April 23, 2001 NJ Supreme Court Abbott Administrative Law decision on State preschool implementation 2000/2001 as a model comprehensive needs assessment for Abbott school districts.
  • Angelo L. Tamaso Excellence in Dissertation Award sponsored by the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association at Rutgers University.