Elizabeth Engelhardt

Contact Information

Elizabeth M. Engelhardt

Clinical Faculty

  • Full-Time Faculty


Beth Engelhardt has more than 35 years of experience in early childhood education, including15 years as an administrator of an NAEYC accredited childcare center and several years as a childcare licensing specialist, a CDA advisor, and a mentor to directors and student teachers. Presently, she teaches at the University of Dayton. Professor Engelhardt authored The Director Mentoring Program, co-authored Dayton's Children – A Resource Guide for Families, and Becoming a Director: Lessons Learned, published in Child Care Information Exchange (2006). She has presented at local, state and national conferences and is the past president of the Dayton Association for Young Children, a member of the Montgomery County Early Childhood Education Coalition, and moderator for the Montgomery County Directors Online Group. Professor Engelhardt earned a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College specializing in Leadership in Education and Human Development and Teaching Adults in Early Childhood Education.

Courses Taught

  • EDT 109 Personal Aspects of Teaching
  • EDT 110 The Profession of Teaching
  • EDT 207 The Child and Adolescent in Education
  • EDT 212 Early Childhood Theory and Practice
  • EDT 340 Educating Students with Diverse Learning Needs
  • EDT 460E Early Childhood Program and Personnel Management (online)
  • EDT 462E Regulations, Licensing and the Law in Early Care and Education (online)
  • EDT 463E Managing Finances and Marketing in Early Care and Education (online)


  • M.A., Human Development, Early Childhood Education, Pacific Oaks College
  • B.S., Business Management, Antioch University
  • A.S., Early Childhood Education, Sinclair Community College

Professional Activities

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Former President, Dayton Association for Young Children
  • Early Childhood Coalition
  • Infant Mental Health Subcommittee for the State of Ohio
  • National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Ecumenical Child Care Network
  • Dayton Area Child Care Task Force
  • State of Ohio Regulatory Writing Team
  • Montgomery County Advising ECE Committee
  • Quality Child Care Task Force Member
  • Montgomery County Coalition for Early Childhood Education

Research Interests

  • Developmentally appropriate classrooms for adult learners
  • Organic food for child care centers and schools
  • Mentoring and administration

Selected Publications

  • Engelhardt, E., et al. (2008, January). Stories of God's Love. A program for PK-K students. RCL/Benzinger.
  • Engelhardt, E. (2007, September). Teacher know thyself. The Dayton’s Young Children, 3(1).
  • Engelhardt, E. (2006, December). Becoming a director: Lessons learned. Child Care Information Exchange. ECE-SOS.com.