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Dr. Mona Thornton

TITLE:Associate Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education
DEPARTMENT:School of Education
LOCATION:Newby Education Ctr. 114
SWU P.O. BOX:1815

Dr. Mona Thornton has worked in higher education for 37 years, including 15 years as a department chair and six years as a director of teacher education. In addition to founding a child development laboratory school at one university and serving as the director for 26 years, Thornton worked at three other university laboratory schools and directed an early development program for a university hospital.

Thornton received a gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Council on Child Day Care and Early Childhood Programs and served for six years; was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Zimbabwe; served as a Consulting Editor for "Young Children," the professional journal for the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) and is currently a peer reviewer for the NAEYC/CAEP SPA (specialty professional association) process.



  • Doctor of Education, Early Childhood Education; University of Massachusetts-Amherst     
    Dissertation – A Behavioral Assessment of Racial Attitudes 
      in White Preschool Children
  • Guidance and Counseling (18 hours); Howard University
  • Master of Science, Child Development; Howard University
      Thesis – Language Development in Preschool Children
  • Bachelor of Science, Child Development; Howard University   


Areas of Specialty/Interest

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Child-rearing practices of high achievers
  • African-American Males in Early Childhood/Elementary Education


View Dr. Thornton's Vitae