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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Meir Muller, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education
Department: Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education
Phone: 803-513-9615

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Meir Muller


Meir Muller, an ordained rabbi, earned his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina - Columbia. He has a bachelor's degree in Talmudic Studies from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitz.


Issues of racial equity, constructivist theory and pedagogy, Jewish education, social studies education, and pre service teacher preparation.


Meir Muller has served as a full time faculty member since 2011. Muller is also in his 26th year as head of the Cutler Jewish Day School.

Selected Research Studies

Exploring Young Children’s Construction of social studies concepts.

Preservice Teachers as Anti-Racist Advocates.

Selected publications

Muller, M. (2018). Justice Pedagogy: Elementary Students Challenge Racist Statues. Social Studies and the Young Learner. 31(2), 17-23.

Boutte, G. & Muller, M.  (2018). Engaging children in conversations about oppression using children’s literature. Talking Points. 30(1), 2-9.

Muller, M., Gorsetman, C. & Alexander, S. (2018). Struggles and Successes in Constructivist Jewish Early Childhood Classrooms, Journal of Jewish Education, 84(3), 284-311.

Muller, M (2018).   Monumental challenge: Elementary students challenge racist statues. Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students. Columbia,

Muller, M., Buchheister, K., & Boutte, G. 2016). Multiple perspectives on cognitive development: Radical constructivism, cognitive constructivism, sociocultural theory, and critical theory. The Constructivist.

Alexander, S., Brody, D., Muller, M., Ziv, H. G., Achituv, S., Gorsetman, C., . . . Miller, L. (2016). Voices of American and Israeli Early Childhood Educators on Inclusion. International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 8(1), 16-38. 

Muller, M. (2015). Intentional practices: One administrator’s path towards equity in Long, S., Souto-Manning, M., & Vasquez, V. M. (2015). Courageous leadership in early childhood education: Taking a stand for social justice (pp.137-149). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Muller, M. (2013). Constructivism in Jewish early childhood education. Journal of Jewish Education, 79 (3), 315-334.

Muller, M. (2012). Focus on ethics: Differing faiths in a faith based program. Young Children 67 (3), 70-71.

Selected Presentations

Muller, M (2018).   Monumental challenge: Elementary students challenge racist statues. Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students. Columbia, S. C.

Muller, M. (2017). Monumental challenge: Anti-Racist assignments in a social studies methods course. Association for Constructivist Teachers, California.

Muller, M. (2017, multiple presenters). Preservice literacy teachers as anti-racism advocates: A study of race-focused student organizations at two institutions, National Conference of Teachers of English, Atlanta.

Muller, M. (March, 2016). A case study: Successes and struggles of constructivist teachers. Paradigm Conference, MD

Muller, M. (May, 2015). Four Questions, Many Answers: Constructivism and Early Childhood Education. Jewish Federation, San Francisco, CA.

Johns, L., Muller, M. & Lowry, C. (July, 2015). Creating QRIS that support cultural and pedagogical differences. Quality Rating and Improvement Systems National Conference: Taking Quality to Scale. Washington, DC.

Muller. M. & Stremmel, A. (Oct., 2015). Constructing an understanding of Diversity and Equity. Association of Constructivist Teachers Annual Conference. Kean University, NJ.

Muller, M., Heath, S., Singleton, H. Gainey, H, & Jackson, D. (Sept., 2015, panel discussion). Hate won’t win: Race, Social Work, and Social Justice. National Association of Social Workers SC Chapter. Columbia, SC.

Muller. M. (2014). Constructivist family engagement: The Oz conundrum. Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute. Manhattan, NY.

Selected Awards

2016 National Association Early Childhood Teacher Education’s Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award

2013 University of South Carolina's College of Education's Early Career Award in Teaching

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.