Elizabeth L. Johnson, PhD

Elizabeth L. Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program

Hargray 223 Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8274
Elizabeth L. Johnson, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. My research focuses on the use of math manipulatives for teaching mathematical concepts to elementary and early childhood learners. 

I received a BS in Elementary Education in 1984, and MEd in Elementary Education in 1992. I completed work on professional development in Administrative Leadership and Curriculum in 1999, all at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C. I earned a PhD in Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina in 2014. 

I launched my career in 1989 teaching third and fifth grades at the Belleview Elementary School in Rock Hill. In 1993, I moved to Finley Road Elementary School to teach fifth grade. In 2004, I journeyed to Salvador, Brazil, where I taught math and science at the Pan American School of Bahia. Returning to the U.S. in 2006, I became a Course Instructor and Supervisor of Internships I and II at the University of South Carolina. In 2010, I returned to Winthrop University as a Course Instructor and Supervisor. I joined the USCB faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Education. 

I have presented at annual conferences of the Association of American Schools in South America in Brazil and Venezuela. In 2018, I presented my research at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford England.  I have also delivered scholarly presentations at local and national faculty meetings and conferences. 

I earned a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in 2001 and recertification in 2011. I was the Finley Road School Teacher of the Year in 2001, and a Rock Hill Foundation Grants recipient in 2000 and 2003, 

I am the faculty advisor to the Education Majors Club at USCB. The club provides an opportunity for pre-education majors to meet with Education department faculty, support personnel, and peers in a roundtable format each month. 

I teach math for early childhood and elementary, elementary curriculum and assessment, and classroom management for early childhood and elementary. In addition, I supervise practicum students and interns in the professional program. 

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research & Professional Experience

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2014 - PhD
Elementary Education
Dissertation Title: Relationships between Prior Experiences, Current Teaching Contexts, and Novice Teachers’ Use of Concrete Representation for Mathematics Instruction.
Doctoral Chair: Dr. Thomas Hodges, University of South Carolina

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 1999 - Masters +30 Hours
Emphasis in Administrative Leadership and Curriculum

Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 1992 - M.Ed. Elementary Education

Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC 1984 - B.S. Elementary Education


NIET Rubric Certification
2017-2020 South Carolina Department of Education

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification 2001-Current   Middle Education Generalist

SC Certification K-8 1984-Current

  • EDCI B441 - Org Mgmt in Diverse Classroom
  • EDEC B435 - Math Experiences in ECE
  • EDEC B440P - Practicum: Lessons in ECE
  • EDEL B320 - Curriculum Plan, Dev and Assmt
  • EDEL B431 - Teach Math in Elementary Schls
  • EDEL B440P - Math/Science Practicum
  • EDME B430P - Practicum in Teaching Math Sec
  • EDRD B450P Lit/Social St Practicum I
  • Mathematics instruction

  • International education


    Manipulative models
  • Encouraging diversity in STEM Education