Rashida Banerjee

Professor; Chair, Teaching & Learning Studies

What I do

Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, Professor, Special Education: Early Childhood


Assessment of young children-issues around diversity, Effective community/family/professional partnerships, Effective inclusive interventions for young children, Interdisciplinary early childhood workforce development, International support systems for persons with disabilities

Professional Biography

Rashida Banerjee, PhD, is a Professor and Chair for the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences at the University Denver. Her research areas are effective community, family, and professional partnerships, appropriate assessment of young children, especially issues around diversity, inclusive intervention for young children, and interdisciplinary special education workforce development. Dr. Banerjee has published articles, book chapters, books, received grants, and presented at numerous national and international conferences on these topics. Her research and funded projects focus on preparing well-qualified early childhood, and early childhood special educators.

Dr. Banerjee has served on the Board of national organizations such as Division for Early Childhood and Divisions for International Special Education Services. She served on the DEC Recommended Practices Committee responsible for ensuring the development and use of evidence-based practices in early childhood. Dr. Banerjee is the Editor for Journal for International Special Needs Education. She is a recipient of the International Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.


  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, 2008
  • MS, Special Education, University of Kansas, 2004
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Accountancy & Management, Calcutta University, 2000
  • Post Grad Diploma, Multiple and Intellectual Disabilities , Jadavpur University, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for Exceptional Children

Featured Publications


  • Using a consultancy protocol to solve problems of practice
  • Inclusive Early Literacy Practices for Emergent Bilinguals
  • Child Maltreatment Focused Intervention and Practice: A systematic review
  • Making Inclusion a Reality: Project EPIC-ECE, Ensuring Preparation of Inclusive Early Childhood Educators
  • Participatory Research With Young Children From Special Populations: Special Considerations When Designing and Implementing Research
  • Supporting classroom transitions between daily routines: Strategies and tips


  • Outstanding Scholar, Univeristy of Northern Colorado - College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
  • New Faculty Award, University of Northern Colorado
  • 2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Kansas - School of Education
  • Award for Achievement in Quantitative Research, Division of Research, Council for Exceptional Children
  • J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Scholar Award, Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children