- Ph.D. - The University of Toledo, Curriculum & Instruction (ECE & Sp.Ed.)
- 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 area of 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 12 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 venues.
Scholarly awards include a Faculty Research Grant to conduct research in the area of Contemporary Play behaviors in Early Childhood Education.
- High Scope International Conference 2017 – Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice while using Technology Among Preschoolers. Detroit, Michigan (2017).
Association for Childhood Education International - Global Summit on Childhood “ Creating a Better World for children and Youth Through Sustainability, Social Innovation & Synergy” - Contemporary Play: Preschool Language During Play with Technology and Implications for Best Practice . San Jose, Costa Rica (2016).
NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development Presentation at annual national conference. 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. New Orleans (2015).
- Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Early Childhood - October 2013, San Francisco, CA “Finding a Common Ground: A Content Analysis of Discipline-Specific Competencies” Dinnebeil, L., Metz, A., Klingle, B. & Yeager-Mirtes, C. (2013).
- MiAEYC Annual Conference - Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice. Grand Rapids, MI. (2017).
- MiAEYC Professional Development Institute: Evaluating Professionalism: Raising the Bar on Appearance, Attitudes and Behaviors. Dearborn, MI. (2017).
- Somerset Academy's Month of the Child Event: Appropriate Expectations for Young Children: What They Are (And Are Not!) Capable. Troy, MI (2017).
Adrian, Michigan : Contemporary Play: An Analysis of Preschool Discourse Among Preschool Children During Play Situations While Using Technology and While Using Traditional Play Materials © . Adrian College (2015).
Research Colloquium : 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 (2013).
CoursesECE 215 - The Developing Early Childhood Professional
ECE 342 - Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas
ECE 451/551 - 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)