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Martha Cheney

Program Director

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Martha Cheney is the program director for early childhood programs at all degree levels in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Before assuming this role, she taught courses in Walden’s MS in Education program and in the School of Education at the University of Montana-Missoula. Dr. Cheney began her career as a writer in educational publishing and has taught preschool as well as primary grades. She serves as a specialty professional association (SPA) program reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and as a site visitor for the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


BA, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

MA, University of Montana

EdD, University of Montana

Public Service

Member, Board of Trustees Missoula International School , Board Member - Missoula, MT United States


McIntyre-Hite, L., Cheney, M., Bever, S. W., Mast, L. J., Hapka, A. R. (2018). CBEN's Quality Framework: A Case Study in Its Application to CBE Curriculum Quality Standards at Walden University. Journal of Competency-Based Education.


Cheney, M., McIntyre-Hite, L. (2017). Competency-Based Curriculum Development and Continuous Improvement. Competency-Based Education Consortium.

Cheney, M., Williams, J., Share, L. (2015). Competency-Based Education: A Pathway to Professionalism for Early Childhood Educators. NAEYC.

Cheney, M., Mast, L. J., McIntyre-Hite, L. M., Sharp, D., Boyer, N., Mason, J., Navarre-Cleary, M., Telkamp, J. (2018). Exploring Self-Direction in Competency-based Education. Competency-Based Education Network.

Share, L. B., Cheney, M., Williams, J. (2015). Motivational and Reflective Early Childhood Discussions in the Virtual Classroom. National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Williams, J. D., Cheney, M. (2015). Using Teacher Performance Assessment and Data-Informed Decision Making to Ensure Teacher Readiness. CAEP.

Cheney, M., Share, L. (2013). Working with Families of Multiples. National Association for the Education of Young Children.