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Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D. - Florida Gulf Coast University. Fort Myers, FL, US

Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D. Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D.

Expert in early childhood education, teacher preparation and leadership development | Florida Gulf Coast University


Elizabeth Elliott is a leading expert in the development of teachers and leaders in the field of education.



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Elizabeth Elliott, Ph.D., is a professor of early childhood education and director of the Little Eagles Learning Center operated through Florida Gulf Coast University's College of Education. Prior to university teaching, she was a public school teacher for almost 10 years in the Florida Keys. Her research interests include leadership development, emergent literacy and teacher preparation.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Early Childhood Education

Teacher Leadership

K12 Teacher Preparation

Educational Advocacy

Childcare Advocacy

Childcare Policy

Educational Policy and Leadership

Elementary Education

Special Education

Accomplishments (1)

Outstanding Advocate of the Year (professional)


Presented by the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children, this award recognizes an individual who has been an outstanding advocate for the field of early childhood education.

Education (3)

University of Tennessee: Ph.D., Human Ecology and Child Development 2001

University of South Florida: M.A., Special Education 1997

University of South Florida: B.A., Special Education 1994

Selected Media Appearances (4)

Governor DeSantis doubles down on critical race theory curriculum opposition

ABC7  tv


Elizabeth Elliott talks about the process related to curriculum changes in public schools.

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A look at the teacher shortage in Southwest Florida

Fox 4  tv


Elizabeth Elliott talks about the challenges schools encounter when they are recruiting teachers.

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Expert says threats could be causing more parents to home-school kids

NBC2  tv


Elizabeth Elliott talks about the parents' decision-making process when violence occurs in public schools.

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Four months after fatal crash, survivor Brittany Diaz will walk in FGCU graduation ceremony

The News-Press  print


Elizabeth Elliott talks about FGCU graduate Brittany Diaz.

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Selected Event Appearances (3)

Keynote: Leading the Path to Professionalism

Florida Affiliate of Family and Consumer Science, Annual Conference  Clearwater, Florida


Keynote: Counselor recognition – Leadership Excellence

Kappa Delta Pi – International Honor Society in Education, Annual Convocation  Pittsburg, Pennsylvania


Commencement Address: Striving for Excellence

Ft. Myers Technical College  Fort Myers, Florida


Selected Research Grants (3)

Focus on Fours – Eliminating the Summer Slide in VPK

The Richard Schulze Family Foundation $200,000

2017-2020 This grant funds a summer program for four-year-old children to help with school readiness before entering kindergarten.

Transition to Teach

U.S. Department of Education $1,900,000

2006-2010 This grant is designed to help individuals who want to leave one profession tp become a teacher. Over six years, this grant funded more than 200 new career changers into the teaching profession.

Early Literacy and Learning Model

The Richard Schulze Family Foundation $85,000

2020 This grant helps Lee County childcare centers use the Early Literacy Learning Model (ELLM). Over 175 children are served annually through the Schulze funding.

Selected Articles (3)

Promoting Self-Efficacy in Early Career Teachers: A Principal’s Guide for Differentiated Mentoring and Supervision

Florida Journal of Educational Administration and Policy

Elliott, E., Isaacs, M., & Chugani, C.

2010 The challenges in meeting the demand for highly qualified teachers are great. This is evident both at the individual school level and in national retention and turnover statistics. The need for individually targeted teacher induction activities based on teacher preparation routes--traditional and alternative certification--are needed to help ameliorate the early career teacher turnover and retention statistics. This study reinterprets data from a previous study of teacher confidence and self-efficacy in terms of mentoring and supervision needs (induction activities). The results suggest that mentoring and supervision activities at the school level can be implemented to improve retention in perception of key competency areas. As frontline supervisors, principals are in a unique position to meet the differential needs of early career teachers.

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The process of change for teacher candidates: Learning to collaborate

Florida Educational Leadership

Elliott, E.M., Vazquez-Montilla, E., & Mayberry, S., Christensen, L.

2010 Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) College of Education implemented an innovation through the integrated undergraduate teacher education program beginning in the 2000-01 academic year. This study was conducted over a five year period. The integrated program consists of specific program hours for Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education teacher preparation majors. In addition, the program includes full endorsement for English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) content. Full-time teacher candidates move through semesters known as Blocks and in cohort groups. All candidates, full-time and part-time, will complete courses in semester blocks, prior to moving to courses in the next sequence. Multiple field experiences and internship opportunities are integrated into courses during the block semester format.

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Developmentally appropriate emergent literacy activities for young children: Adapting the early literacy and learning model.

Early Childhood Education Journal

Elliott, E. & Olliff, C

2008 Whether it be leaping, resisting, or being gently shoved, the field of early childhood education continues moving into the age of accountability. Young children are expected to exhibit many requisite skills prior to kindergarten. Thus, the advancement of pre-reading and writing skills development become one of the many areas of focus for early childhood teachers. This study focused on the advancement of young children’s emergent literacy and letter recognition skills through developmentally appropriate instruction and need based adapted activities using the Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM) curriculum. The results suggest that mindfully adapting activities to children’s needs advances children’s emergent literacy development.

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