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Northwest Missouri State University

Pradnya Patet

Pradnya Patet



227 Brown Hall


660.562.1561 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2009

Assistant Professor

Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs


  • Ph.D. Child and Family Development
  • M.Sc. Human Development and Family Relations
  • B.A. Psychology

Interest and Activities

  • Designing early childhood physical environments for optimal learning
  • Socio-moral development in young children
  • The use of Metaphors in teacher preparation
  • Creative movement and drama for young children

Other Professional Experience

  • Evaluation of a Federal State-wide grant project designed to create learning communities for early childhood professionals in Arizona.
  • Community trainings and technical assistance in child care settings and preschools for assorted topics in early childhood education
  • Mentor for Emergent Early Childhood leaders’ program in Arizona: collaboratively created by the AZ Governor’s office and Southwest Human Development

Favorite Things About Teaching

  • Mentoring students in early Childhood classrooms
  • Facilitating assignments and projects to encourage critical and creative thinking

Goals for the Year

  • Initiate and collaborate with classroom teachers to conduct action research in their classrooms.
  • Collaborate with community early childhood professionals to establish a special interest group with a focus on early childhood quality programs