Program Director, Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3)

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

Martha CheneyDr. Martha Cheney specializes in early childhood education.

Dr. Cheney is the program director for the Teacher Preparation Program with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 3) program in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Before assuming this role, she taught courses in Walden’s M.S. in Education program and served as an adjunct professor in the University of Montana, Missoula’s school of education. Earlier in her career, she taught preschool through fifth grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District and preschool in Woodland Hills, Calif. Dr. Cheney began her career as a writer in educational publishing. She serves on the editorial advisory board for Teaching Young Children, a professional journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and also serves as specialty professional association (SPA) program reviewer for NAEYC.

Education

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, Mo., 2004
  • M.A. in Curriculum Studies, University of Montana, Missoula, Mo., 2002
  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C., 1975

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education

  • Focuses on profound connections between children’s early development and learning, specifically in children from birth through age eight, when the earliest learning takes place in the context of the family, with parents and other family members as the first and most important teachers of infants and young children.

Relevant Publications

  • Cheney, M., & Firek, H. (2005). Read and understand poetry, grades 2–3. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, D. (2005). Reading practice at home, grade 5. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, D. (2005). Reading practice at home, grade 6. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Firek, H. (2004). Basic phonics skills, level D. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M. (2003). History pockets: Moving West, grades 4–6+. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Firek, H. (2003). Readers’ theater, grade 4. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Norris, J. (2003). Readers’ theater, grade 1. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M. (2002). Grammar and punctuation, grade 4. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M. (2002). Read and understand science, grades 3–4. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Guthrie, C. W., Cheney, M., & Krage, D. (2002). Glacier National Park legends and lore. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press.
  • Cheney, M. (2001). My do and learn activity book, grade 3. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Kaminski, K. (2000). Gifted & talented: Things that go workbook: For preschoolers. Los Angeles: Lowell House.
  • Cheney, M., & Kaminski, K. (1999). Colors workbook for preschoolers. Los Angeles: Lowell House.
  • Cheney, M., & Austin, B. (1998). Holiday fun. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Austin Cheney, B. (1998). Circle time activities. Monterey, CA: Evan-Moor.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, H. (1985). Baby songs. (Video recording). New York: Backyard Enterprises.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, H. (1984). Tickly toddle. (Audio recording). New York: Educational Activities.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, H. (1981). Babysong. (Audio recording). New York: Educational Activities.
  • Cheney, M., & Palmer, H. (1978). Witches’ brew: Pot full of songs for oral language development. (Audio recording). New York: Educational Activities.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Phi Delta Kappa Chapter Board Member
  • Comprehensive Examination Committee, University of Montana
  • ESEA Title II Task Force Faculty Evaluation Committee and Field Experience Committee

Professional Recognition

  • Bertha Morton Scholarship, University of Montana, Missoula, 2001–2002