Jyotsna Pattnaik

Professor: Teacher Education

Coordinator: Master's Degree in Education, Option in Early Childhood Education

I was a teacher and teacher educator in India and was a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) awarded by the University Grant Commission, India. I served as an Assistant/Associate professor of early childhood education at Central Missouri State University between 1996-2000. Currently, I serve as the director for the Master’s in Early Childhood Education program at California State University, Long Beach.

I am a member of the academic advisory board for the Yadunandan Center for India Studies. I served as chair/co-chair of the South Asia sub-committee (of the campus International Education committe) between 2001-2008 at CSULB. Currently, I am a member fo the South Asia sub-committee.  I am involved in teacher training activities in India. I am a board member of the Los Angeles chapter of Pratham. Pratham is an international NGO that focus on education of children from underprivileged communities in India and implements programs such as Read India,Balwadis (preschool programs) and Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).

On 10th October, 2012, I delivered a lecture to a 17-member delegation from the He'nan Family Planning Commission, Yima City, China on the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of development of the whole child, different types of early childhood education programs, the importance of professional credentials for early childhood education programs, and the need for training (preservcie and in-service) of early childhood educators. The delegation was hosted by the US-China Business Training Center in Los Angeles, California.


  • Received the Most Valuable Professor award, College of Education, award by CSULB Alumni Association

  • Received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Scholar award of the College of Education and Educational Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  • Appeared on ACEI (Association for the Education of Young Children) Radio in October 2010  for the talk, titled,  “Changing views of fatherhood around the world.”