Dr. Elizabeth K. King


Childhood Ed and Family Studies
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Childhood Ed and Family Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Human Development and Family Studies with Doctoral Minor in Educational Research Methodology, 2016, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, 2016, University of North Carolina Greensboro
  • BA, Psychology, 2011, Pennsylvania State University


Undergraduate courses

  • CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood

Graduate courses

  • CFD 705 Growth and Development: Infancy Through Early Childhood
  • CFD 750 Advanced Human Development Studies
  • ECE 762 Proposal Development
  • ECE 771 Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Development
  • SFR 780 Educational Research Methodology

Professional experience

Selected peer-review publications

  • King, E. K. (2021). ‘You’re okay’ may not be okay: Language supportive of toddlers’ social emotional development. Young Children.
  • King, E. K. (2020). Fostering toddlers’ social emotional competence: Considerations of teachers’ emotion language by child gender. Early Childhood Development and Care. doi:10.1080/03004430.2020.1718670
  • Cassidy, D. J., Maynard, C., King, E. K., & Lower, J. (2019). Improving the lives of teachers in the early care and education field to better support children and families. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science.
  • Blanchard, S., King, E. K., Johnson, A. V., Crosby, D. A., Beasley, J., & Scott, M. (2018). Diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice: How anti-bias content and self-reflection support early childhood preservice teacher consciousness. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
  • King, E. K., & La Paro, K. M. (2018). Teachers’ emotion minimizing language and toddlers’ social emotional competence. Early Education and Development, 29, 1-15. doi:10.1080/10409289.2018.1510214
  • Cassidy. D. J., King, E. K., Wang, Y. C., Lower, J. K., & Kintner-Duffy, V. L. (2017). Teacher work environments are toddler learning environments: Teacher wages and well-being, classroom quality, and classroom emotional well-being. Early Childhood Development and Care, 187, 1666-1678. doi:10.1080/03004430.2016.1180516
  • King, E. K., van Schagen, A., Cassidy, D. J., Wang, Y. C., Lower, J. K., & Kintner-Duffy, V. L. (2016). Preschool teachers’ financial well-being and work time supports: Associations with children’s emotional expressions and behaviors in classrooms. Early Childhood Education Journal, 44, 545-553. doi:10.1007/s10643-015-0744-z
  • King, E. K., & La Paro, K. M. (2015). Teachers’ language in interactions: An exploratory examination of mental state talk in early childhood education classrooms. Early Education and Development, 26, 245-263. doi:10.1080/10409289.2015.989029.

Research and professional interests

Dr. King examines ways to prepare and support early childhood teachers to facilitate children’s development, specifically within the social emotional domain. Her research program thus focuses on teacher preparation in anti-bias curriculum and practica, teacher work environment supports, and teachers’ emotion language practices related to children’s social emotional competence and gender socialization. In sum, her research is a 3-pronged approach to support the work and learning environments of teachers and children.

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