Office Hours:

  • Tues., Thurs. 10-11:30 & by appointment

Leigh M. O'Brien


Ella Cline Shear School of Education

South Hall 222-D
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Leigh O'Brien

Dr. O'Brien has been a member of the Geneseo Faculty since 2006.


Faculty Information


  • D. Ed., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed. + B.S., The Pennsylvania State University


  • Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (9/1/04 – 5/30/06)
  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (8/91 – 8/04)

Research Interests

* Social Justice & Education * Teacher Education * Teacher Identity * Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Publications and Professional Activities

  • O’Brien, L.M. with Deal, C. (2013). One course is not enough: Fighting for inclusive early childhood teacher education. Canadian Journal of Education, 36 (3).
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2011). “Holding the talking piece gives me a chance to make a sentence out of what I am thinking”: Children’s responses to the use of Peace Circles at one primary school in the U.S. Citizenship Education Research Network Collection.
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2010). Speaking our selves: The intersections of women educators’ personal and professional lives. Current Issues in Education, 13 (4). On line at
  • O’Brien, L. M. (2010). Caring in the ivory tower: Using one-to-one initial meetings to build student-professor relationships. Journal of Teacher Education, 15(1), 109-115.
  • O’Brien, L. M., Novinger, S., & Leach-Bizari, A. (2007). What does it mean to be a “good” early childhood teacher? An analysis of themes in application essays submitted to two early childhood education teacher certification programs. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 28 (3), 205-217.


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • OMEP-USA [World Organization for Early Childhood Education]
Fall 2014 Classes

ECED 352:
Intro to Early Childhood Educ

    This course presents an introduction to current issues and trends in the education and development of young children, such as accessibility and quality of child care, infant/toddler programs, televisi
    on viewing, bilingual education, and violence in children's lives. Students also become acquainted with various advocacy strategies, program options and child care policies. As a broader context for this introduction, the history of early education is examined and community involvement is encouraged. A field study of an early childhood program is required. Prerequisites: SPED 224 and ECED 351 or permission of instructor. Offered at least once per year
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EDUC 214:
Dimensions of Teaching&Inquiry

    This course presents an introduction to the processes of teaching and educational research. To develop greater congruence between their personal perceptions and the realities of teaching, students wi
    ll examine learning models associated with various developmental domains, will develop competence in generic teaching strategies, and will perform micro-teaching activities. Students will prepare to become teacher researchers through learning methods for observing, interviewing, and collecting written documents, as well as, learn how to begin the process of data reduction and analysis. Includes field trip component. Prerequisites or Corequisites: INTD 203. Offered once per year
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