Curiculum Vitae

D. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation: Students’, Teachers’, and Families’ Perspectives on Emotions Related to Reading Difficulties Experienced
by Young Children Enrolled in Title I  

M. Ed. Early Childhood Education  
May 1997
Carlow College Pittsburgh, PA
Thesis: Multiple Intelligence Curriculum  

B.S. Elementary Education/Special Education  
June 1993
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA  
Presidential Scholarship, 1992-1993   


Elementary Education PA Certification
Special Education PA Certification
Early Childhood Education PA Certification Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) Certification Quality Matters Reviewer Certification

University Work Experience  

Carlow University, Director Early Childhood Program 

August 2010 – Present
EC 200 Child Development
EC 207 Play as Learning
EC 307 Early Childhood Curriculum and Practicum EC 325 Primary Practicum
ED 305 Integrating Arts
EC 303 Math for the Developing Child
EC 318 Communication and Reading Development ED 704 Child Family and Culture
ED 721 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment ED 710 Child Development  

California University of Pennsylvania, Adjunct Faculty  
January 2009 – present EC 302 Emerging Literacy  
ED 307 Professional Seminar Internship Supervision   

Carlow University, Adjunct Faculty  
Fall 2003 – Spring 2010
EC 307 Early Childhood Curriculum ED721 Child, Family, Culture  

University of Pittsburgh, Adjunct Faculty  
August 2007 – present
(ADP+ Grad Program) Psychology of Learning and Development  
(I & L Undergrad) Nature of Young Children (ADP+) Professional Seminar   

Community College of Allegheny County/South Campus, Adjunct Faculty  
Spr 98 - Spr 99
PED111 Understanding Child's Play PED105 Latency Development  

Committee Work  
Academic Computing Committee, Carlow University 2011 – present Early Childhood Faculty Search Committee, Carlow University 2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Carlow University 2012 - present   

Related Professional Experience  
Early Childhood and Elementary School Consultant, PQAS Certified  
January 2000 - present
Workshop trainer and consultant to early childhood centers and elementary schools in the catholic diocese of Pittsburgh (Specializing in curriculum development, multiple intelligence theory, play, and developmentally appropriate practice.)  


Rae Ann Hirsh is a professor of early childhood education, an author, an advocate, and a mother of two beautiful daughters. She is very passionate about changing the field of education to not only make classrooms a better place for children, but to make the world a better place for all.



Dissertation: Emotional Responses to the Reading Difficulties Experienced by Young Children Enrolled in Title I: A Qualitative Study of Students’, Teachers’, and Families’ Perspectives.


Hirsh, R. (2004) Early childhood curriculum: Incorporating multiple intelligences, developmentally appropriate practice, and play. New York: Allyn & Bacon.

Chapter in Edited Books

Hirsh, R. (2013). Early literacy trends for children identified as at risk for school
failure: Are they consistent with contemporary neuroscience and learning theory? In L. Wasserman & D. Zambo (Ed.), Early Childhood and Neuroscience – Links to Development and Learning. (pp. 105-120). New York, NY: Springer.

Jalongo, M. R. & Hirsh, R. (2012). Reconceptualizing creative thought processes
in young children: An integrative review of the research. In O. Saracho (Ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on Research in Creativity in Early Childhood Education. (pp.89-108). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Articles (peer reviewed)

Jalongo, M. & Hirsh, R. (2010). Understanding reading anxiety: New insights
from neuroscience. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37, 431-435. DOI

Hirsh, R. (2010). Creativity: Cultural capital in the mathematics classroom.
Creative Education, 1(3). 154-161. doi: 10.4236/ce.2010.13024 Hirsh, R. (2000). The Impatient Gardener. Young Children

Hirsh, R. (Ed). (2008). Three Hierarchs Eastern Orthodox School Curriculum for K – 8th Grade
Encyclopedia Entries

Hirsh, R. (2012). Creativity: Cultural capital in the mathematics. Encyclopedia on Creativity, Invention, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship. Online