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Michael J. Haslip - Drexel University Assistant Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education
Director, McNichol Early Childhood Education Lab

Michael Haslip, PhD


PhD, Old Dominion University, Early Childhood Education
MS, Old Dominion University, Early Childhood Education
BA, Dalhousie University, International Development Studies

Program Affiliation

BS, Education
MS, Teaching Learning & Curriculum

McNichol Early Childhood Education Lab


Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator. Expanding Early Childhood Workforce Supports, Renewed. Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at Public Health Management Corporation. July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. $80,263.
  • This project will provide scholarships for 10 undergraduate ECE workforce students to attend Drexel’s PK – 4 program. It will also continue funding the Tutoring and Career Counseling Center created in the McNichol ECE Lab. 
  • Principal Investigator. Expanding Early Childhood Workforce Supports. Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at Public Health Management Corporation. July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. $126,322.
  • This project funds 16 ECE students to attend Drexel on a full scholarship. It also funds the creation of a new Tutoring Center and pays for a new part-time academic tutor to support the ECE workforce attending Drexel.
  • Principal Investigator. Early Childhood Education Workforce Supports. Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at Public Health Management Corporation. July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. $87,596.20. 
  • This project funds 10 ECE students to attend Drexel on a full scholarship, to be renewed annually. It also includes staff time for recruiting ECE teachers to pursue their next degree or credential and creation of a program-to-program articulation agreement with a local community college.
  • Principal Investigator, with Janet Sloand (CO-I). Content Development: Expanding Special Education, Trauma Informed Care and Social-Emotional Content in Existing Coursework. Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA. March – June, 2020. $21,722.
  • Delaware County Community College and Consortium. The Coaching Companion: Building Statewide Capacity for Reflective Coaching and Seamless Pathways in PreK-4 Grade Teacher Preparation. Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Strengthening and Aligning Higher Education Systems for Early Care and Education Professionals. PI of Drexel subaward. Jan 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020. $222,310 full grant, $10,000 Drexel subaward.  
  • Principal Investigator, with Mata-McMahon, J., and Schein, D. (Co-Is). Surveying Early Childhood Educators About Nurturing Children’s Spirituality. Drexel University School of Education. 2019-2020. $2,143. 
  • Principal Investigator. Southeast Regional Partnership for Early Childhood Education Pathways. Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018. $400,000.
  • Federal Race to the Top funds used to improve early childhood credentials and degrees at 9 participating institutions of higher education. Areas of improvement include: coursework, field placement and supervision and faculty coaching. The project also includes a peer to peer mentorship project linking directors and teachers of child care centers to each other across STAR 4 and STAR 2 centers, replicating an apprenticeship model, and creating articulation agreements to improve degree progression by working early childhood professionals.
  • CO-PI. Allen, G., Haslip, M.J., Provinzano, K., Lynch, B. (PI). Pennsylvania PK-4 Principal Instructional Leadership Collaborative (P3ILC). Pennsylvania Department of Education Eligible Partnership Grant. 2017 – 2018. $600,000.
  • 18-month grant (2017-2018) to recruit, prepare, and evaluate future elementary school principals for effective instructional leadership with PreK-4 students and teachers through a year-long mentored residency experience combined with asynchronous and synchronous online learning focused on essential knowledge and skills for guiding instruction with young children. The project is a collaboration between three institutions of higher education, multiple local education agencies, and a private credentialing company.
  • Principal Investigator. Haslip, M.J., Allen, A., Klem, A. Developing a Culturally Relevant Framework of Social-Emotional Interventions for the Early Childhood Professional Workforce. Drexel University School of Education. 2016 – 2017. $6000.
  • The purpose of this research project is to investigate how to raise the quality of early childhood centers in Philadelphia by implementing a comprehensive framework of evidence-based practices to enhance the culturally relevant social and emotional learning of young children. The primary intervention was a course entitled Social and Emotional Learning and Positive Guidance, taught to early childhood teachers from across the city.

Other Active Projects

  • Exploring secular early childhood educator’s beliefs and practices about nurturing children’s spirituality. Collaborators include Dr. Jen Mata-McMahon (University of Maryland) and Dr. Deborah Schein. The focus of this project has been the creation of a survey and observational checklist for use in future research and professional development activities. 2016 -
  • Altruism for a life of service: Integrating U.N. sustainable development goals into curriculum. The focus of this project is the creation of a conceptual framework to integrate global sustainable development and altruistic (moral) development into a comprehensive approach to pedagogy, curricula and human development. Related presentation: 2016 –
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Character Education
  • Education for Sustainable Development
    Assistant Professor
    Community College Instructor
    Elementary School Teacher
    Non-Profits/Community Building

    My research and scholarship is investigating the sustainability of Pre-K outcomes; building frameworks of support for preschool social-emotional learning; creating nurturing classroom climates and promoting altruism-sustainability linkages in education.  My masters and PhD are both in early childhood education from Old Dominion University. I’ve worked as a first and second grade teacher, college instructor, and in the non-profit sector. I enjoy learning how to be a global citizen by promoting community empowerment and international partnerships. Scholarship, service and family activities have taken me to more than 30 countries. After growing up in California, I graduated from college in Canada, met my wife in China, got married in Malaysia…and settled here after joining Drexel University in 2015. My wife and I live in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia with our young son, one indoor tree and a few plants!  We enjoy nature and participating in our faith community.