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Michele Lucia

Core Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program M.S. Higher Education

Michele Lucia is Core Faculty for the MS Early Childhood Studies, BS Child Development and BS Early Childhood Studies programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Dr. Lucia holds degrees from Cornell University and Vanderbilt University, and has a diverse and rich professional background that includes time spent as a childcare center director, educational consultant, Montessori teacher, and children’s photographer. She has taught students of all ages, both in person and online, and published and presented on a number of topics related to early childhood education. Dr. Lucia joined Walden University in 2008, and has worked as a contributing faculty member and faculty lead, participated in the development of courses and improvement of several programs, and served as an active member of various university committees.


EdD, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN United States

MEd, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN United States

BA, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY United States

Public Service

Global Day of Service, Volunteer

Awards / Honors

Nominated for Extraordinary Faculty Award, Walden University, 2012


Lucia, M. L. (2013). The Need for Differentiated Instruction in Preschool: A Case Study. Journal of Early Childhoo.

Lucia, M. L. (2013). Outcomes for Children of Single Parents: Challenging the Myths. Journal of Early Childhood.


Lucia, M. L. (2017). So you want to write a children's book? . NAEYC .

Lucia, M. L. (2012). From Educator to Parent: A Perspective on Communication from "Both Sides of the Fence." . FLAEYC .

Lucia, M. L. (2014). Charting your course: How to navigate your own professional development to move forward along the evolving early childhood career pathway.. NAEYC .

Lucia, M. L., Noble, L. S. (2016). So, you want to make a difference? . SCAEYC .

Lucia, M. L. (2014). The ABCs of Families: Above and Beyond Communication. NAEYC .