April Bedford, Ph.D.

April Bedford, Ph.D.Professor


Office: 242 Bicentennial Education Center 
Phone: 504-280-6605
Fax: 504-280-1120
E-mail: april.bedford@uno.edu


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University, 1997
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Baylor University, 1991
B.S.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University, 1985

April Whatley Bedford, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and was Chair of that department from 2006 to 2010. From fall of 2010 to spring of 2013, she served as Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. She teaches courses in elementary literacy, curriculum, and qualitative research methods and works extensively with doctoral students. Dr. Bedford's professional interests include literacy, children's literature, teacher education and narrative research. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, a member of the publications committee of the Association for Childhood Education International, and a board member of the New Beginnings Schools Foundation, Hynes Charter Elementary School, the Neighborhood Story Project, and the UNO Credit Union. She has served as editor of the Journal of Children's Literature; chair of the 2008 Notable Books for a Global Society committee; president of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association; board member of the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English; 2011 chair of the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts committee; and 2011 Local Arrangements Chair of the Association for Library Services to Children annual conference in New Orleans.

Courses Taught

  • EDLS 3100: Introduction to Children’s Literature
  • EDCI 3160/4160: Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • EDCI 3161: Field Experience for Elementary Social Studies Methods
  • EDCI 3400/4400: Foundations of Literacy
  • EDCI 3410/4410: Early Literacy Instruction
  • EDCI 3411: Field Experience for Early Literacy Instruction
  • EDCI 3425/4430: Literacy Instruction for Content Learning
  • EDCI 3426: Field Experience for Literacy Instruction for Content Learning
  • EDCI 6434: Developmental Reading
  • EDCI 6493: Practicum in Diagnostic and Remedial Reading
  • EDCI 6900: Doctoral Readings in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDCI 6992: Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Theory
  • EDCI 6994: Doctoral Seminar in Teacher Development
  • EDCI 6721: Qualitative Data Analysis
  • EDCI 6731: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

External Links

Curriculum Vitae
Children’s Literature Assembly
Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group
Association for Childhood Education International - ACEI