Office Hours:

  • T: 2:35-4:30
  • F: 10:30-11:30

Mary Jensen

Associate Professor

Ella Cline Shear School of Education

South Hall 221A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Dr. Jensen has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1982.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois
  • B.A., Macalster College, MN

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Issues, Advocacy, and Leadership in Early Education (2nd ed.) (author and co-editor with Mary Anne Hannibal, 2000)
  • "Developing Pedagogical Knowledge through Teacher-Written Case Stories" in Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (1999)
  • "Creating a Space Where Teachers Can Locate their Voices and Develop their Pedagogical Awareness" in Teaching and Teacher Education (with Erin Foster & Meghan Eddy [students], 1997
  • Visions of Entitlement: The Care and Education of America’s Children (author and co-editor with Stacie Goffin, 1993)
  • "History of Sponsorships and Interest Groups" in Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education (1992)


  • Series Editor, State University of New York Press, "Early Childhood Education: Inquiries and Insights"
  • Consulting Editor, Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Chairperson, School of Education Curriculum Review Committee for Early Childhood, Childhood and Special Education
  • Chairperson, Affiliates and Regional Representatives Committee, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
  • Former Director, Ella Cline Shear School of Education
  • Former President, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators
My Classes

Curr 213:
Reading & Writing Process

    This course presents the history of reading and writing instruction, different interpretations of literacy, and the psychology and linguistics of reading and writing processes. Various theories and aspects of language acquisition are explored and related to different literacy methodologies. The student gains practical experience using different literacy approaches and methods in the classroom. The mature reading and writing process is explored with an emphasis on the strategies individuals use when they read and write. Includes field trip component. Prerequisites: SPED 224.

Eced 353:
Curr Dev for Young Children

    This course is designed to further students' understanding of the organization and management of functional learning environments for young children and the use of curriculum development principles and strategies to design developmentally appropriate and educationally sound learning experiences for young children. To develop these understandings, the course stimulates reflection and inquiry about the teacher's role in young children's learning and in curriculum development. Students will develop implementation strategies in a structured practicum in an early childhood setting. Prerequisites: ECED 351. Offered once per year