Melissa Negreiros

Assistant Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, Room 334
Phone: 843-953-2004

Melissa Negreiros, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education at the College of Charleston. She is an experienced teacher, instructional coach, district coordinator, and elementary school administrator. She holds Master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, respectively. In 2017, she completed her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Negreiros assumed her tenure-track position at the College of Charleston in 2019. She currently teaches pre-service teachers. Her research agenda is on the use of educational technology for social good within the context of STEAM. Specifically, with a focus on “problems worth solving” (SDGs), maker education, and the transformational use of technology. Transdisciplinarity and constructionism serve as theoretical frameworks for her research and teaching.


2017 Doctor of Philosophy, Teaching and Learning

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

Thesis: Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices: Understanding the Influence of Teaching in a STEAM Setting

Thesis Advisor: Dr. Thomas Hodges

2014 Master of Education, Educational Administration

University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

2003 Master of Education, Elementary Education                              

College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina 

2001 Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education                          

College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina          


Professional Certifications


2018 Certified South Carolina Evaluator

Licensing Body: South Carolina Department of Education

2018 South Carolina Elementary Principal--Tier 1

Licensing Body: South Carolina Department of Education

2002 South Carolina Elementary Teacher

Licensing Body: South Carolina Department of Education

Research Interests

Transformational Practices with Educational Technology

Maker Education

STEAM Instructional Approaches

Transdisciplinary/Problem-based Learning

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

EDEE 323-The Development of Mathematical Thinking

EDFS 326-Integrating Technology Into Teaching 

TEDU 436-Using Instructional Technology in Problem-Based Learning

EDEE 490-Application of Curriculum & Instruction: Grades 2-6 

EDEE 455-Early Childhood Clinical Practice 

EDEE 457-Elementary Grades Clinical Practice

EDEE 365-Teaching Mathematics: Pre K - Grade 3

Graduate Courses:

EDFS 687-Introduction to Educational Technology

TEDU 536-Using Instructional Technology in Problem Based Learning 

EDEE 698-Clinical Practice in Early Childhood Education

Honors and Awards

January 2018 STEM Educator of the Month, Lowcountry STEM Collaborative


National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Literacy Research Association (LRA)



2022-Present Member, School Improvement Council, Philip Simmons Middle School, Berkeley County

2022-Present Member, Online Education Steering Committee, College ofCharleston

2021-Present Faculty Co-sponsor, South Carolina Education Association, College of Charleston

2021-Present Representative for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, Honors College Committee, College of Charleston 

2021-Present Chair, Student Recruitment and Welfare Committee, College of Charleston    

2021 CAPE Reviewer and Site Review Interviewee, Department of Teacher Education, College of Charleston

2021 Member, TEDU Educational Technology Working Group, College of Charleston

2021 EHHP Online Education Taskforce, College of Charleston 

2019-2021 Member, Student Recruitment and Welfare Committee, College of Charleston    

2019-Present Member, Elementary Program Committee, College of Charleston



Negreiros, M. C. (pending). Art, technology, and makerspaces--Making the connection to STEAM. In Hunter-Doniger, T. (Ed.), STEAM Education: Transdisciplinarity of Art in the Curriculum. National Art Education Association.

Negreiros, M. (2017). Elementary Mathematics Teachers' Beliefs and Practices: Understanding the Influence of Teaching in a STEAM Setting (Doctoral dissertation, University of South Carolina).

Radakovic, N., O’Byrne, W. I., Negreiros, M., Hunter-Doniger, T., Pears, E., & Littlejohn, C. (2022). Toward Transdisciplinarity: Constructing Meaning Where Disciplines Intersect, Combine, and Shift. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice.