Dr. Renee Keith


Child and Family Development
Role: Faculty
Campus: West Plains

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Missouri State University
Child and Family Development
128 Garfield
West Plains, MO 65775



  • EdD, Nova Southeastern University (2003)
  • MPA, Missouri State University (1997)
  • BS, Missouri State University (1994)


  • CFD 155 Principles of Human Development
  • CFD 163 Relationships in Today’s Families
  • CFD 204 Leadership and Advocacy for Children and Families
  • CFD 244 Working with Young Children with Special Needs
  • CFD 250 Parenting in Contemporary Society
  • CFD 257 Principles of Development in Middle Childhood
  • CFD 275 Behavior Management and Guidance
  • CFD 297 Internship in Planning and Implementing Curriculum for Child Development Centers
  • CFD 298 Child and Family Development Capstone

Professional experience

  • Department Head, Child and Family Development, Missouri State University-West Plains (2004-2016)
  • School Age Program Coordinator, Learning Tree Child Care Center, West Plains, MO (1989-2010)
  • Project REACH Professional Development Associate, University of Missouri-Columbia (1997-2000)
  • In-Service Trainer, Learning Connection, Springfield, MO (1995-2003)
  • School Age Program Site Coordinator, Springfield Family YMCA (1996-1997) 


  • Child Maltreatment. 2nd Edition.  By Chadwick, etc al.-“Role of the School” Chapter Contributor (Co-Contributor:  Dr. Peggy Pearl, MSU Emeritus Professor).
  • Pathways to Teaching: A Guide for Beginning Early Childhood Teachers. (Received sole authorship rights from Linda Peacock and Willa Johnson in Spring 2006).
  • The Stage Coach Journey: Trail to Medicine Lodge. A study guide developed for elementary school teachers participating in The Stage Coach Journey's 2005 journey to Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Recent Professional organizations

  • Child Advocacy Center-South Central Advisory Board Member
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children Two Year College Accreditation System Peer Reviewer
  • Missouri Center for Accreditation Regional Coordinator and Team Leader
  • Missouri and Ozark Associations for the Education of Young Children Member
  • Missouri Department of Health Bureau of Child Care Safety and Licensure Licensing Rule Revision Work Group Member
  • Missouri Department of Social Services-Child Care Advisory Board Member
  • South Central Early Childhood Association - Missouri State University Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Other interests

Professional development conferences

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children-2014 Annual Conference (Chaperoned 6 Students)
  • National Center for Academic Transformation-2013 Course Redesign Workshop, Phoenix, AZ
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children-2010 Annual Conference Anaheim, CA (Co-presented with Missouri State-West Plains student)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children-2007 Annual Conference Chicago, IL (Chaperoned 9 students)

Favorite quote

"The child has a hundred languages and a hundred, hundred, hundred more."
— Loris Malaguzzi

Awards and honors

  • Board of Governor's Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs (2015)
  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Education (2011)


  • 2012-Missouri State University-Annual Fund-Awarded $500 for the College Parent Resource Center
  • 2011-Missouri State University-Annual Fund-Awarded $500.00 to send students to the 2012 AEYC-MO Conference.
  • 2011-Missouri State University Annual Fund-Awarded $450.00 to purchase CCAMPIS videos.
  • 2010-CCAMPIS-Awarded $102,788 for 2010 through 2013.
  • 2010-Child Care Assistance Bid.
  • 2007-Missouri State University-Philanthropic Women of Education-Awarded $3,500 to take students to NAEYC Conference in Chicago, IL.