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Open Access Dissertation


Over the last 15 years, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs (SWVPP) have undergone significant growth. By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, 323 out of 327 (99%) of Iowa public school districts offered preschool (Iowa Department of Education, 2022c). As a result, well over 450 Iowa administrators are potentially responsible for leading their district’s preschool program.

The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to gain an understanding of the experiences, knowledge, and pedagogical needs of licensed Iowa administrators that are responsible for their district’s SWVPP. Data was collected through a survey and analyzed using descriptive statistical analysis and the constant comparative method. Analysis revealed that participants most valued an understanding of management, structures and working with people’s feelings. Additionally, the pedagogical knowledge areas of teaching and learning were also found to be important. Data indicated there is a need for continued learning in pedagogical knowledge and practices for administrators of SWVPP.

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Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Beth Van Meeteren, Chair

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