Kantor, Rebecca

Rebecca Kantor

Dean and Professor
Affiliate Faculty, Early Childhood Education
  • Provost's Office
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address: rebecca.kantor@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone: 303-315-6342

Rebecca Kantor, dean of the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, has had a robust career as an early childhood teacher, researcher, professor of teacher education, education policy reformer and public university administrator. Dean Kantor came to CU Denver in 2012 to lead the continuing transformation of the School of Education & Human Development into an evidence-based, accountable School that offers flexible and diverse educator, counselor and researcher preparation and advancement programs. Dr. Kantor earned her bachelor’s from the University of Rochester in developmental psychology and linguistics, and her master’s with teaching certifications in early childhood and deaf education, as well as her doctorate in language and cognitive development from Boston University. Dr. Kantor spent 29 years at The Ohio State University, first as an assistant professor and the Director of the Lab School and, ultimately, as Director of the School of Teaching and Learning, achieving rank and tenure as a full professor. Her scholarship is focused on the study of classrooms as social contexts for teaching and learning, and reform of teacher preparation in partnership with schools. Dr. Kantor has published numerous articles, book chapters and books in her areas of expertise and is deeply engaged with Denver’s schools and communities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Early childhood education policy
  • Systems building
  • P-12 Teacher preparation
  • Social development
  • Language development

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • 1982 Ed.D.  Boston University, School of Education, Program in Developmental Applied Psycholinguistics. Emphasis on Language and Cognitive Development.
  • 1977 M.Ed.  Boston University, School of Education, Department of Special Education. Emphasis on Early Childhood Education and Education of the Hearing Impaired.  Certified to teach K-12 deaf education in Massachusetts. 
  • 1975 B.A. University of Rochester, College of Arts and Sciences.  Major in Developmental Psychology and Minor in Linguistics.
  • Summer, 1977 National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.  Basic Interpreter Training Program.



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