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Donald A. Murk

Ernest L. Boyer Fellow

Professor of Early Childhood Education and Chair


University of Maryland College Park, Ph.D., 1992 

Human Development

Penn State University, Harrisburg, PA, M.Ed., 1987

Curriculum and Instruction

Messiah College, Grantham, PA, B.S., 1979

Elementary/Early Childhood Education



Courses Taught:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Development, Cognition, and Learning


Advice for First-Year Students...

Teaching is the most difficult path you can choose but if you do it well, you can change the world.


Vocational Story :

I decided to be an educator because of a desire to change the system and make education better for all.



Cycling, kayaking, gardening and baking.


Favorite Quote:

I know how idealistic it may sound, but it is my urgent hope that in the century ahead students in the nations’ schools will be judged not by their performance on a single test but by the quality of their lives.  It’s my hope that students in the classrooms of tomorrow will be encouraged to be creative, not conforming, learning to cooperate rather than compete.

                                                                                - Ernest L. Boyer


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