Project Director of Early Education/Early Childhood Special Education Undergraduate Program & Associate Professor

Jennifer Hurley is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Special Education who completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Jennifer’s research has evaluated the priorities of families and professionals for inclusive preschool programs. Recently, Jennifer’s research has focused on early intervention and early childhood special education for children and families who are refugees. Jennifer’s other research area is the provision of early intervention services for infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing homelessness. Jennifer also researches the impact of teacher preparation program activities on the skills and knowledge of early intervention and early childhood special education teacher candidates to serve infants, toddlers and preschool age children who, in addition to having a disability, are also refugees or homeless. Jennifer is the PI on a Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs personnel preparation grant.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • CDCI Affiliated Faculty Researcher: Education
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Early Childhood
  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education


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