The National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) has awarded Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., the NAECTE/Merrill-Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award.

The association also singled out Chen’s colleague and recent Erikson Ph.D. Jennifer McCray for distinction. She received the NAECTE/Merrill-Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award.

The awards will be presented in November at the 2009 NAECTE Fall Conference held in Washington, D.C.

These are just the latest in a string of national honors they have won in recent years. McCray’s same dissertation, “Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Preschool Mathematics: Relationships to Teaching Practices and Child Outcomes,” also received the American Educational Researcher Association’s 2009 AERA Division K: Teaching and Teacher Education Outstanding Dissertation Award.

In 2007 Jie-Qi Chen, along with Erikson professor Gillian McNamee, received NAECTE’s JECTE Journal Article Award for their article, “Strengthening Early Childhood Teacher Preparation: Integrating Assessment, Curriculum Development, and Instructional Practice in Student Teaching.”

McCray and Chen are also partners on the Early Mathematics Education Project, which provides professional development to nearly 100 Chicago Public Schools preschool and kindergarten teachers each year.