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Christine McLean

Assistant Professor, Child and Youth Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Christine McLean has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University since 2016. Prior to that she worked in the ECE sector in St. John’s, NL for 28 years. She is active in several provincial and national associations relating to early childhood education including Vice President of the Canadian Association of Research in Early Childhood (CAREC), National Director for the Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC) and member of the provincial board of the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Nova Scotia. Dr. McLean’s expertise is in the field of early childhood education specifically in the areas of play-based learning; reflective practice in the field of ECE; child care policy development and evaluation; and pedagogical documentation in early learning settings.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant professor, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • 2013–2016
    Manager, ECE Program, College of the North Atlantic
  • 2003–2013
    Child Care Consultant, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


  • 2018 
    University of Toronto, PhD, Applied Psychology and Human Development
  • 1986 
    Master of Education, University of Cincinnati

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association for Young Children
  • Canadian Association for Research in Early Childhood
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators of Nova Scotia