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Candace Jaruszewicz

Director, N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center

Address: 91 Wentworth Street
Office Hours: M-F 9:30 A.M. - 5:15 P.M.
Phone: 843.953.5606
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Dr. Candace Jaruszewicz came to Charleston from Pennsylvania in 2001. She is an Associate Professor at the College of Charleston and the current Director of the N. E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center. ECDC serves the SOEHHP, campus, and community as a nationally accredited laboratory and demonstration program.  Dr. J., as she is known by her students, has a varied background that includes Art education, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. She serves currently on the boards of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE).


  • Ph.D. - Kent State University, Curriculum & Instruction, 2000. Dissertation: Exploring and examining teachers’ critical incidents
  • M.Ed. - Edinboro University, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 1992. Capstone project: Developmentally appropriate practice (instructional video) Research project: Part-time or full-time?: The effect of schedules on the separation anxiety of children in child care
  • B.S. - Edinboro State College, Art Education, 1970.


Research Interests

Dr. J's research interests focus on using emerging technologies to document children’s thinking and teacher professional growth.


Courses Taught

EDEE 613 Curriculum and Development in ECE

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 - Nomination for CofC ExCel Award: OutstandingSupervisor of the Year
  • 2010 - Nominationfor CofC ExCel Award: Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year
  • 2009 - Nomination for CofC StudentEmployer Supervisor of the Year
  • 2002 - Distinguished Paper Award, SouthCarolina Educators for the Practical Use of Research
  • 2003 - Selection to 1st FacultyTechnology Institute, College of Charleston
  • 1996 - Who's Who Among AmericanTeachers

  • 2010 - Corewriting team, CCSD Early Head Start ($ 4.6K) Application
  • 2010 - Corewriting team, CCSD Head Start ($6.4 million) Application
  • 1999 - Pennsylvania Governor'sInstitute for Early Childhood Educators ($100,000).
  • 1997 - Pennsylvania Higher Education Partnership. A regional partnership: developmentally appropriate practice and transitioning of young children with special needs($8,500).



Jaruszewicz, C. (2013). Curriculum and methods for early childhood educators. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education

Berson,I., Wang, X., Jaruszewicz, C., Hartle, L. & Rosen, D., (2009).Young Children's Technology Experiences in Multiple Contexts: Bronfenbrenner'sEcological Theory Reconsidered. In Ilene R. Berson and Michael J. Berson (eds.)High tech tots: Childhood in a digitalworld.

Jaruszewicz, C.and White, M. (2009). The teachergarten: Creating an environment conducive tomeaningful professional growth. EarlyChildhood Education Journal, 37 (3), 171-174.

Rosen, D. &Jaruszewicz, C. DevelopmentallyAppropriate Technology Use and Early Childhood Teacher Education. (2009)  Journal of Early Childhood TeacherEducation, 30 (2) 162-171.

Hartle,L. & Jaruszewicz, C. (2008). Rewiring andNetworking Language, Literacy, and Learning through the Arts: DevelopingFluencies with Technology. In M. Narey (ed.) MakingMeaning: Constructing Multimodal Perspectives of Language, Literacy, andLearning through Arts-based Early Childhood Education, a volume inthe Springer series, Educating the YoungChild: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications forPractice. Pp. 187-206

Wang, X.,Jaruszewicz, C., Rosen, D., Berson, I.,Bailey, M., Hartle, L., Griebling, S., Buckleitner, W., Blagojevic, B.,Robinson, L., (September, 2008). Meaningful technology integration in earlylearning environments. Young Children, 63(5), 48-50.

Jaruszewicz,C. (2006). Opening windows on teaching and learning: transformative andemancipatory learning precipitated by experimenting with visual documentationof student learning. Educational Action Research, 14(3), 357-375.

Jaruszewicz,C. (2005). Responsible eclecticism: using a structured analysis process tofacilitate curriculum discourse with graduate preservice early childhoodeducation students. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 26(4),361-375.

Jaruszewicz,C. and Landrus, S. (2005). Help! I've lost my research agenda: issues facingearly childhood teacher educators. Journal of Early Childhood TeacherEducation, 25(2), 103-112.

Jaruszewicz,C. (2003-2004). Borrowing from early childhood: using visual documentationstrategies to collect performance data on teacher candidates. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina, 32-36.

Jaruszewicz,C. (1999, May/June). Strengthening your professional commitment. Child Care Information Exchange, 5 (127),6-8.

Jaruszewicz,C. (1994). Reggio Emilia: an in-depth view. Chicago: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary andEarly Childhood Education.