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Barbara McWethy

Instructor of Early Learning and Development

Barbara McWethy


B.A. - Concordia University, 2004
M.A. - Concordia University, 2007


Barbara McWethy has worked in Early Care and Education for over 25 years, with extensive classroom teaching experience as well as Program Management. She was the Literacy Specialist for Kalamazoo County Head Start, Kalamazoo Michigan, where she worked closely with classroom staff and parents to engage young children in positive literacy learning experiences. Barbara also served as an Early Reading First Coach for an Early Childhood program in Cobb County as part of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s education staff. Most recently she has served as an Early Learning Mentor Coach for Head Start Programs in both the Nashville, TN area as well as North Georgia. She has worked as a Trainer and Technical Assistance provider, supporting Early Care and Education staff in Professional Development and meeting Bright From the Start Requirements to enable them to apply for approval through the Quality Rated system.


Mrs. McWethy is an instructor of Early Learning and Development in the Tift College of Education. Early learning is as much an economic issue as it is an education issue, and all children  and families deserve high quality early learning programs to help them develop into successful adults. She has taught courses such as Inquiry Based Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, Learning Through Play and Exploration, Integrated Curriculum for Preschool Through Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy in Young Children, STEM for the Youngest Learner, and she is a University Supervisor for the three Practicum courses in the ELAD program. Prior to joining the Mercer faculty in 2013, she worked as a Professional Development Associate at Quality Assist, creating and providing state approved professional development courses for the field of early learning in Georgia and several other states. Additionally, Mrs. McWethy has been a Head Start Mentor Coach, Early Reading First Coach, and was the Literacy Specialist for a Head Start Agency in Michigan before moving to Georgia. 


Having a passion for Early Learning for 30 years, Mrs. McWethy supports our youngest learners through building relationships with state and community programs, serving on executive or advisory boards, and looking for ways to partner with other programs within the University to benefit young children and their families. Her service includes:

Program Coordinator of the Early Learning and Development program   
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Fieldwork Committee
Ad-Hoc Advising Committee
Field Placement for ELAD Students
WIDA Early Years Georgia Master Cadre: A Comprehensive Approach to Dual Language Learners certification
DECAL Bright from the Start: Developing Transformative Leaders of Professional Learning Communities certification
Member DECAL Bright from the Start Early Learning Coach Designation Work Group, including writing an approved 20-hour training for the new Designation
Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children Executive Board Member, NAEYC Representative
Georgia Organics Board Member for Farm to ECE
Member of the Chattahoochee Technical School Early Childhood Advisory Board