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Sallee Beneke

Associate Professor


Dr. Beneke teaches courses for undergraduates related to early childhood and early childhood special education certification, and she directs and teaches courses in the Master of Early Childhood Education program.

Dr. Beneke uses insight from her many years of experience as a certified early childhood educator to inform her instruction. She is a certified CLASS observer and provides training in the Project Approach and leads an annual student-professor trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Special Education
  • MEd, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Curriculum & Instruction
  • BSS, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa; English, Sociology

Selected Publications


Beneke, S., Ostrosky, M. M., Katz, L.G. (2018, in press). Implementing the Project Approach in inclusive early childhood classrooms. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Beneke, S. & Ostrosky, M. M. (2015) Effects of the project approach on preschoolers with diverse abilities. Infants & Young Children.

Beneke, S. Ostrosky, M. M. (2013). The potential of the Project Approach to support diverse young learners. Young Children, 68, 22-28.

Beneke, S., & Ostrosky, M. (2012). The Potential of the Project Approach to Support the Development and Learning of Children With and Without Disabilities. Manuscript undergoing revisions for resubmission.

Beneke, S. Authentic assessment, pre-service training, and professional development. Little Prints, 6, 6-7.

Beneke, S., & Ostrosky, M. (2009) Teachers' views of the efficacy of incorporating the Project Approach into classroom practice with diverse learners. Early Childhood Research and Practice. Retrieved September 19, 2009, from http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v11n1/ostrosky.htmlhttp://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v11n1/ostrosky.html

Beneke, S., Ruther, G., & Fowler, S. A. An early childhood program matrix: Pulling the pieces together for Illinois. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 11, Retrieved September 19, 2009, from http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v11n1/beneke.html

Beneke, S., Ostrosky, M., & Katz, L. J. (2008). A fresh look at calendar time. Teaching Young Children, 2, 14-17.

Beneke, S., & Ostrosky, M., & Katz, L. J. Calendar time for young children: Good intentions gone awry. Young Children, 63, 12-16


More About Dr. Beneke

Courses Taught

ECE 350 Math Education for Young Children
ECE 365 Early Childhood Development
ECSE Management of Young Children
EDUC 205 Introduction to the Teaching Profession
ECE 307 Science for Young Children
ECSE 311 Assessment of Young Children
ECSE 420 Developmental Curriculum and Methods
ECE 308 Social Studies for Young Children
ECE 440 Student Teaching in Early Childhood

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