Christine J. Ferguson, Ph.D.Christine J. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Director & Accreditation Coordinator
Department of Education
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC  29909
Bluffton campus

Christine J. Ferguson, Ph.D. is Graduate Program Director and CAEP Coordinator in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Dr. Ferguson's career in education spanned 33 years, where she taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and special education. In addition, she served as a Professor of Early Childhood Education, Program Coordinator, and Department Chair.

Dr. Ferguson received a B.S. in Child Development in 1984, an M.S. in Family and Child Development in 1986, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration at Winthrop University in 1995. In 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Ferguson taught in university child development laboratories and public school settings (grades kindergarten, first, and special education) in Rock Hill, York, and Fort Mill, South Carolina for 15 years.

After earning a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Ferguson entered the teacher education field in 1999 as Assistant Professor at Winthrop University where she taught courses in child development, early childhood education methods, and home-school-community collaboration in the undergraduate and graduate programs and supervised teacher candidates. Dr. Ferguson was promoted to Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and awarded tenure in 2005. In 2010, the university appointed her full Professor. While at Winthrop University, Dr. Ferguson was recognized as a Faculty Mentor by several of her teacher education students. She served as Faculty Marshall and Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education programs.

In 2013, Dr. Ferguson joined the USCB faculty as a Professor of Early Childhood Education and Chair of the Education Department. During her tenure, she developed education curriculum and taught courses in early childhood education methods, child development, and curriculum and assessment, and supervised teacher candidates. Dr. Ferguson also led education faculty and the university through a successful NCATE/CAEP review in Spring 2015. In fall 2015, Dr. Ferguson stepped down from her position as department chair and was appointed CAEP Coordinator in the Department of Education. In fall 2016, she was appointed Graduate Program Director.

Dr. Ferguson's research focuses on hands-on mathematics, home-school-community connections and children's literacy development through play. Dr. Ferguson has presented her research at international, national, regional and state conferences throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Russia, and Romania. Her research has also been published in state, regional and national journals. For example, Dr. Ferguson authored 10 international/national refereed publications, one regional refereed publication, four state refereed publications, one refereed book chapter, and two refereed book reviews. Dr. Ferguson co-edited the book, To Play or Not to Play: Is it Really a Question? and served as Guest Editor for ACEI's 2010 Theme issue of the journal, Childhood Education. In addition, she served as Early Childhood Editor for the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (SCCTM) online journal, The MathMate and on editorial committees for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). In 2009-2010, Dr. Ferguson served as President for the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA). She also holds memberships on the National Association of the Education of Young Children, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Southern Early Childhood Association, and the Association for Childhood Education International. Dr. Ferguson serves as a national Program Reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a South Carolina CAEP Reviewer. On a personal basis, she is married to Dane, a retired building sales representative and has two children, Lee and Kelly and four grandchildren, Kelsey, Tommy, Warner and Ava.

Currently, Dr. Ferguson is collaborating with education faculty to develop graduate programs at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

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