- Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education, University of California, Berkeley, 1980
M.A. in Child Development/Human Development, Pacific Oaks College and Children's School, 1974
B.S. in Elementary Education, Northern Illinois University, 1971
- Birth Through Five Teacher Education
Professional Development in ECE
Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Ruth Saxton began her career teaching young children at Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School in Pasadena, California, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Child Development. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Early Childhood at the University of California, Berkeley.
She has held university teaching and administrative positions at Indiana State University, Butler University, and joined the faculty at Georgia State University in 1991. Saxton has co-authored teacher and parent guides for the Georgia Early Learning Standards (GELS) and developed podcasts and webinars for Georgia’s Pre-K program.
Since 2008, Saxton has provided leadership in the development of the Birth Through Five (Kindergarten) teacher education program at Georgia State, designed to respond to state and national initiatives for high quality early learning and development program professionals.
She received foundation grants to create an academic and career pathway for graduates of 2-year technical colleges to complete their bachelor’s degree in Birth Through Five with scholarship funds. Grant projects also seek to improve the quality of child care in the Metro-Atlanta area through training and mentoring in-service and pre-service teachers and center directors.
Throughout her career, Saxton has also served as a diversity consultant to schools, publishers, and corporations in California, Indiana and Georgia. In 2012, Saxton received the Educator of the Year Award from the Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC), an affiliate of NAEYC.
Saxton, R., Dombro, A., Bingham, G. & Kelly. W. (2013). “The Piramide Approach: Conversations with teachers about deepening children’s learning. “Young Children, 68 (12), 80-86.
McMurrain, M.K., & Saxton, R. (2008). Georgia Early Learning Standards: Activities for Teachers of Children Birth to Three. Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
McMurrain, M.K., & Saxton, R. (2008). Georgia Early Learning Standards: Activities for Parents of Children Birth to Three. Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
Saxton, R. (2004). “A place for faith.”in A.Gordon & K. B.Browne (Eds.), Beginnings & Beyond, (6th ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning.
Quisenberry, J., Jin, L., Saxton, R., and Moberly, D. (2002). “Case XIX: Whose responsibility is it to recognize stereotyping? “In Quisenberry, N.L., & McIntyre, D.J. (Eds.), Racism in the Classroom: Case Studies (pp. 129-30). Reston, VA: Association of Teacher Educators; Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International