Jean L. Hearn, EdD

Jean L. Hearn, EdD

Jean L. Hearn, EdD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary School Math Methods
  • Elementary School Science Methods
  • Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom

Academic Appointments


  • Education


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDU 104
  • EDU 170
  • EDU 211
  • EDU 556
  • EDU 559
  • EDU 560
  • EDU 561
  • EDU 568
  • EDU 569


Jean Hearn completed her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, her Master's of Science in Education at University of Omaha, and her doctoral work at Creighton University in the Doctor of Interdisciplinary Educational Leadership.  Dr. Hearn has spent much of her career teaching in both public and Catholic elementary schools.  Currently she teaches both early childhood and elementary education methods courses.  Her passion lies in early childhood education, which inspires much of her research.

Dr. Hearn has three children (AJ, Hannah and Luke), one daughter in law (Liz), a beautiful grandchild (Harlow), two dogs, and a wonderfully supportive husband. 

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Teaching methods that facilitate Catholic school identity in early
      childhood education classroom
    • Effective early childhood education methods and assessment in
      dual language settings
    • Using service learning to effectively teach elementary education
      Next Generation Science Standards project-based science methods courses 

Current Research Projects

    • Hearn, J., Appleget, C., Mentorship Models Using Video Recording for Literacy Instruction.
    • Engel, M., Brock, B.L., Cook, T., Simonds, T., Fussell, R., Hearn, J. Your Catholic School’s Identity: Name It, Claim It, and Build on It. Book Proposal accepted by the National Catholic Education Association.
    • Engel, M., Cook, T., Simonds, T., Fussell, R., Hearn, J. Supporting Pastors as Leaders of Catholic Schools.
    • Doyle, B., Hearn, J., Powers, J. Trama informed  instruction interventions in a Catholic school setting.
    • Doyle, B., Hearn, J., Powers, J. Workforce resiliance and retention