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Bev Goodling Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor of Education and HDFS

Interest and areas of expertise

Bev Goodling’s expertise stems from over 20 years of working in the field of education, having previously taught first grade, third grade, and preschool. She was the former director of the campus based Early Learning Center and led the center through the process of NAEYC accreditation.
Bev presents workshops for early care and education professionals on the following topics: Brain boosting language skills for infants, toddlers and preschoolers; nature-based learning; positive teacher-child interactions; and promoting growth mindsets with young learners.
Dissertation research: Exploring the outdoors: A collective case study examining teacher beliefs and practices in preschool outdoor play (2016)


Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, August 2016
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in Early Childhood, August 2005, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Pennsylvania State Teaching Certification; Grades N-3,1984 - present

Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, minor in Early Childhood Education, 1981
Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

Classes I teach
  • EDUC 415: Evidence Based Practices in Early Childhood Education
  • HDFS 210: Child Development
  • EDUC 212: Language Development

I graduated from Messiah College with a B.S. in Home Economics and a minor in Early Childhood Education. After spending my final college semester student teaching in the Early Learning Center on campus, I knew I had found my passion in early childhood education. Several years later I completed the coursework and student teaching necessary to obtain PA State Teaching Certification in grades N-3.

With this background I gained experience teaching first grade, third grade and preschool. In 1999 I was hired at Messiah College to teach preschool at the Early Learning Center, the place where I initially found my passion for young children. During my 12 years at the ELC, as a teacher and later the director, I uncovered another passion – mentoring pre-service teachers! After furthering my education, I am thrilled to be currently teaching in both the Education and Human Development and Family Science Departments at Messiah University, promoting best practices in early childhood education.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking and fly fishing vacations with my family, flower gardening, and collecting antique children’s toys.