Christina M. Mirtes
John W. Porter Building, 314C
- Ph.D. - The University of Toledo, Curriculum & Instruction
- M.Ed. - The University of Toledo, Early Childhood Education
- B.Ed. - The University of Toledo, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
- AMS Montessori Certification - A.D.M.T.E.I., Pre-Primary Credential
Interests and ExpertiseDr. Mirtes' research interests are in the areas of: early literacy and Contemporary Play behaviors during the formative years with particular focus on discourse and best practice with the use of technology among preschool children.
Prior to her appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Mirtes has gained expertise in the field with over 20 years of teaching experience in inclusive early childhood classroom settings, served as an early childhood classroom consultant and has 15 years in higher education to share with our Early Childhood Education students. Dr. Mirtes instructs in our undergraduate and graduate programs via face to face and hybrid instructional delivery platforms. She is currently serving as the Faculty Advisor for EMU-AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children) early childhood education student organization.
Selected Scholarly Work and Awards include:
- Summer Research Award (2019)
- President James H. Brickley Award for "Concepts to Go!: Extending Early Literacy Practice to the Home" (2018)
- Faculty Mentor for EMU's Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program (2017-2019)
- Faculty Research Grant to conduct research in the area of Contemporary Play behaviors in Early Childhood Education
- Women in Philanthropy at Eastern Michigan University Grant funded the purchase of nearly 100 Early Literacy Prop Bags (2017)
- E-Fellows Grant Award to purchase 10 iPads® and accessories to support student research and learning (2017)
- Co-Chair & Lead Researcher for MDE Teacher Certification - Early Childhood Endorsement Review and Revision Committee
- Michigan Department of Education Curriculum Review Committee - Great Start Readiness Program
Mirtes, C. M. (2014, December 14). Contemporary Play: An Analysis of Preschool Discourse During Play Situations While Engaged Using Technology and While Using Traditional Play Materials. Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, April). Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice while using Technology Among Preschoolers. Presentation at the High Scope International Conference, Detroit, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2016, April). Contemporary Play: Preschool Language During Play with Technology and Implications for Best Practice. Presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Global Summit on Childhood themed Creating a Better World for Children and Youth Through Sustainability, Social Innovation & Synergy. San Jose, Costa Rica.
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, November). Intentionality: Maintaining Best Practice while Incorporating Technology in Play-based Preschool Environments. Presentation at (NAEYC) National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Atlanta, GA.
Mirtes, C. M. (2015, June). Contemporary Play Behaviors: An Analysis of Preschool Discourse Among Preschool Children During Play Situations while using Technology and while using Traditional Play Materials – Informing Practice with Implications for Early Childhood Education Professionals. NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, New Orleans, LA.
Mirtes, C. M. (2019, April).
Concepts to Go! Extending Early Literacy Practice to the Home.
Presentation at MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2018, April). Concepts to Go! Literacy Bags Supporting Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas. MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2018, February). Concepts to Go! Literacy Prop Bags supporting STEAM. Michigan 4C Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, April). Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice. MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, February). Evaluating Professionalism: Raising the Bar on Appearance, Attitudes and Behaviors. MiAEYC Professional Development Institute, Dearborn, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, December). “Concepts to Go!”: Literacy Bags Supporting Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas for PK-3 Pre-service Teachers, Funded grant by Women in Philanthropy at Eastern Michigan University.
Mirtes, C. M. (2017, April). Appropriate Expectations for Young Children: What They Are (And Are Not!) Capable. A presentation to Somerset Academy early childhood professionals, Troy, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2015, August). Contemporary Play:An Analysis of Preschool Discourse Among Preschool Children During Play Situations While Using Technology and While Using Traditional Play Materials. Presentation to Adrian College as a Faculty Research Grant Recipient, Adrian, MI.
Mirtes, C. M. (2013, April). Contemporary Play: Supporting Social Competencies in Early Childhood. Exploring societal changes in play and possible implications of increased time of play using technology resulting in decreased time engaged in social interactions experienced during didactic play in early childhood. The University of Toledo Research Colloquium, Toledo, OH.
ECE 214 - The Developing Child Birth - Age Eight
ECE 215 - The Developing Early Childhood Professional
ECE 342 - Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas
ECE 451 - Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
EDPS 325 - Human Growth and Development
ECE 551 - Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms
ECE 610 - Family, School and Community Partners in Early Childhood Education
ECE 689 - Internship and Colloquium in Early Childhood Education
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
American Montessori Society
Association for Childhood Education International
Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Early Childhood
ECEC in Europe - Special Interest Forum in Early Childhood Education
Experienced Early Childhood Consultants
International Literacy Association
Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society
Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children
STEM Education Coalition
Licensures and Certifications
State of Ohio teaching certificate at the Professional Level (K-8)
Montessori Teaching Credential (3-6 year old)