Ijego V. Nwachuku
Professor, Early Childhood Education
Office Location: Snow 508
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:55 – 10:55 a.m., Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Meriden Center), Thursdays 9:55 – 10:55 a.m. & 3:20 – 6:20 p.m.
Dr. Ijego V. Nwachuku is a professor in the Early Childhood and Education Program at Middlesex Community College (MXCC).
Before her full tenure at MXCC, Dr. Nwachuku held various positions at Southern Connecticut State University’s School of Education including assistant professor, community outreach coordinator for the early childhood education/violent prevention counseling grant (ECE/VPC), and as minority visiting scholar. She has served on the adjunct faculty at Gateway Community College and was the executive director for New Haven’s Child Development Program.
Additional professional experience includes serving as substitute teacher in the Head Start program in Goldsboro, North Carolina; as a licensed childcare provider and consultant; and as teacher and nutrition assistant for the childcare system at the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Nwachuku earned a doctorate of education and master’s degree in early childhood education and development from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She also earned a bachelor’s of science degree in human nutrition and food science from UMass.
Dr. Nwachuku is a member of several professional associations in her field at local, state, national, and international levels including:
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children
- The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), a global community dedicated to promoting the optimal education and development of children in a changing world
- The Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children
- The National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP)
- ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner
She is an active community leader and a consistent contributor to several national and international professional committees. She developed and presented professional papers in regional, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Nwachuku has many articles and book manuscripts in progress especially in the areas of moral development through folktales, figures of speech, as well as infant feeding and development.
Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Degree program here.
Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Certificate program here.
Learn more about the Child Development Associate Credential here.