Child Development and Teacher Education programs
Dr. Susan Skinner Wyatt serves as chair of the Child Development/Teacher Preparation program at Eastfield. She earned her doctoral degree in child development with minors in education, methodology, educational administration and vocational education from Texas Woman’s University. She also holds a master’s degree in child development and family living and a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Texas Woman’s University.
She has served as executive director of the Dallas Association for Parent Education, interim dean of the Eastfield Social Science Division, director and teacher in various child care programs, public school teacher at the junior and senior high levels, and coordinator and developer of a high school magnet child development program. She also has experience in counseling, curriculum development and grant writing and speaks and conducts workshops across the country.
In 2003, Dr. Wyatt was recognized for the development of Eastfield’s Teacher Center by being awarded both the campuses and Dallas College's Innovator of the Year Award, as well as the Excellence Award by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). The next year, she was a finalist for the Bellwether Awards, which annually recognize innovative programs and practices leading community colleges into the future. The Bellwether Awards are funded through the Community College Futures Assembly, sponsored by the University of Florida’s
Institute of Higher Education.
Dr. Wyatt serves on the boards of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas Association for Parent Education (president), Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children (past president), Child Development Educators’ Association of the Texas Community College Teacher’s Association, Dallas Child Magazine, Educational Services for Parents and Teachers the Dallas Bethlehem Center and ACCESS.
She has served as chair of the curriculum committee for Child Development and Education, is a peer reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s child development associate degree accreditation and is a regional faculty member for the American Heart Association. She was named the state of Texas’ Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in 2009.