Maria Laine


NTT Instructor, Education & Leadership

503-838-9289 |
RWEC 162

Why I chose WOU

I was drawn to WOU for the opportunity to empower future teachers to be advocates for children and families.

At WOU since


Fun fact

Maria's dogs are named Bob The Tasmanian Sparkle Fairy and Miley Wiley.


Olympia, Washington

Course schedule

Winter 2020
20047 ED322 MOTOR DEL & MOVEMNT EC R 1700-1950 RWEC 103

Areas of responsibility

Early Childhood faculty member and supervision for early childhood students in their clinical practice phase.

What you will do and learn in my courses

The classroom is a learning community where everyone brings experience and insight! Be prepared to share your ideas, participate in hands on activities, and to take the role of both student and teacher as we all learn together.  You will be challenged to expand your thinking, consider how privilege affects success, and to recognize the vital role of advocacy in early childhood education.  


M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education, Concordia University, Portland, OR

BA Elementary Education, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR


Teaching focus

Early Childhood Education

Professional experience

Maria Laine has over 10 years of early childhood classroom teaching experience, with an emphasis on advocacy and empowering families.  She began her teaching career in a Montessori preschool before transitioning to Head Start, with her final teaching position in Kindergarten at Independence Elementary School.  Maria’s career has allowed her to work a wide variety of families, early childhood practitioners, and programs.  She transitioned to higher education in June 2016.


Maria is a mother to two wonderful children, aunt to eight nieces and nephews, and a great aunt to six grand nieces and nephews.  Maria enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and drinking lots of coffee and tea.  

Graduate courses taught

ED 563 ECE Numeracy & Mathematics

ED 607 Seminar: Science & Social Studies in Early Childhood Settings

Undergraduate courses taught

ED 220 Introduction to Early Childhood

ED 232 Health & Safety Practices in ECE

ED 322 Early Childhood Motor Development & Movement Education

ED 324 Creative Arts in ECE

ED 345 Designing Early Childhood Environments

ED 348 Developmentally Appropriate Practices

ED 354 (formerly ED 463) ECE Numeracy & Mathematics

ED 368 Science & Social Studies in Early Childhood Settings

ED 374 Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom

ED 404, 405, 429 Student Teaching Seminar

ED 411, 412, 498 Field Experience

ED 443 Developing Literacy

ED 446 Environments for Diverse Learners

ED 448 ECE Curriculum

ED 449 Observation and Assessment

ED 450 Authorization Specialty: Classroom Management

ED 464 (formerly ED 382) ECE Family and Community Involvement

ED 466 (formerly ED 326) Technology in Inclusive ECE

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