Associate Professor at East Carolina University

Dr. Christina Tschida is an Associate Professor of social studies and elementary education in the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education at East Carolina University. She has been actively involved in co-teaching since 2012. Dr. Tschida was a founding member of the Co-Teaching in Clinical Practice Topic Action Group (TAG) of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) in 2014 and served as the chair and co-chair until 2019. She will serve as the first president-elect for the National Association for Co-Teaching.

At East Carolina University, Dr. Tschida leads co-teaching implementation and research for the Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education Department. She has developed online foundation training for co-teaching and coordinates the training of co-teaching interns and clinical teachers each year. She has published on co-teaching in student teaching as well as presented locally and nationally at several conferences. She was a keynote speaker a state conference on co-teaching in Georgia and an invited speaker at the National Conference on Co-Teaching. In fall of 2019, Dr. Tschida was guest editor for a special issue of Theory & Practice in Rural Education, which focused on co-teaching research and implementation in rural settings.

Dr. Tschida also serves as lead faculty for the elementary social studies methods course at ECU and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level social studies courses and curriculum and planning courses. She coordinates a junior field experience incorporating multiple methods courses across the college.

Her research interests include improving teacher education through critical and justice-oriented pedagogies in social studies education, high quality online instruction, and clinical practice reform through co-teaching models and virtual coaching. Her research has been published in such journals as Social Studies Research and Practice, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Rural Educator, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, and the Journal of Children’s Literature. She is co-editor for Making Controversial Issues Relevant for Elementary Social Studies: A Critical Reader. She serves on the editorial board for Social Studies and the Young Learner.