Martha Lash

Martha Lash, Ph.D

Professor & Interim School Director
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Martha Lash (Ph.D., Indiana University) is a Professor at Kent State University (KSU), Ohio, USA, in the areas of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies since 2003. At Kent State, Dr. Lash led the early childhood teacher education program to be the first university in the Americas to embed the IB Certificate for Teaching and Learning in the undergraduate teacher certification program, as well as to offer the certificate to graduate level students. Dr. Lash co-chaired the inaugural International Baccalaureate Educator’s Certificate University Research Conference at Kent State in May 2016. She has served in a faculty advisory role for the KSU Child Development Center (CDC) (early years’ laboratory school) for teacher training and IBPYP feasibility in view of Reggio Emilia inspired approach as the CDC became an IB World Candidate School. Dr. Lash also serves as the Coordinator of the Consortium for Overseas Student Teachers for KSU. She has presented internationally and conducted early childhood teacher educator workshops in Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Tajikistan. Dr. Lash’s research interests focus on teacher preparation and professional development; early childhood curricula; and cultural understandings of early childhood issues.


B.A. in Sociology, West Liberty State College, WV, , M.Ed in Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood emphasis, Indiana University-Bloomington, 1996, and , Ph.D in Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood emphasis, Indiana University-Bloomington, 2004


Early Childhood Education Professional Development, Peer Culture, Education, Early Childhood or Pre-School Education, Elementary Education, Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies, Peer culture with preschool children, Professional development of early childhood teachers, Oral history of African American teachers pre and post desegregation, Longitudinal study of 18 kindergartners as they progress through K-12 education on schooling and friendship; currently 9th graders

Research Methods

Qualitative, Interpretive, Grounded theory, Participant observation, Interview, Narrative, Oral history