Joseph Leon Elder, Ed.D

Member of AlverniaUniversity. Administrator of Education

About Me

I am a proud member of the Alvernia University Faculty, serving as an assistant professor in the Education Department. Thirty-three years experience in public education; 9 as an elementary teacher and 24 as an elementary principal has prepared me to instruct and mentor future teachers and principals. Currently my passion is the development of standards based ePortfolios as pedagogical tools to promote deep learning in developing educators.  If you are reading this introduction you are experiencing the introductory page of my professional ePortfolio.

My formal education includes of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University (1978), Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University (1983), Master of Science Degree in School Administration from the University of Scranton (1986), and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Temple University (1995). My professional PA certifications include: Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Certification, and the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility.

I served as a principal in the Warwick School District from 1994 until 2011, at Lititz Elementary for 11 years and Kissel Hill Elementary for 7 years. My first principalship was in the Lebanon School District for 7 years at Southeast and Henry Houck Elementary Schools.  Prior to the principalship I spent 9 years teaching elementary language arts, math science and social studies spanning third, fourth and fifth grades. I also taught graduate education courses at Penn State University.

I am hopeful that the knowledge, skills, and values I have gained throughout a fulfilling career in public education will benefit the development of future teachers and school leaders.

  • Postal address: Alvernia University, 540 Upland Avenue, Reading, PA
  • Business phone: (610)-750-8339
  • Occupation: Assistant Professor of Education
  • Email address:

I am interested in areas of research pertaining to the education and effectiveness of school leaders such as:

  • Use of ePortfolios in the training of educational leaders
  • Mentoring relationships in principal training
  • Standards based leadership training and practice
  • Principal evaluation based upon Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Standards
  • Employment procedures regarding Educational Leaders

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External media

Start date End date Qualification
1993 1995 Doctor of Education (Educational Administration) at Temple University 0
Dissertation: Nongraded/Continuous Progress: A Case Study of Implementation in an Elementary School
1983 1986 Master of Science (School Administration) at University of Scranton 0
1983 1981 Master of Education (Elementary Education) at West Chester University 0
1973 1978 Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education ) at West Chester University 0
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1978 Elementary Education Instructional II - Pennsylvania 0
1982 Elementary Supervisor's Certificate - Pennsylvania 0
1982 Elementary Principal's Certificate - Pennsylvania 0
1982 Secondary Principal's Certificate - Pennsylvania 0
1982 Director of Curriculum and Instruction - Pennsylvania 0
1982 Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility - Pennsylvania 0
1978 Pennsylvania Association Of Elementary School Principals 0
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1978 National Association of Elementary School Principals 0
1978 Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals 0
1982 Association Of Supervision and Curriculum Development 0
2010 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 0
2010 Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) 0
2011 The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 0

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Profile PictureMarcella Kraycik - 24 April 2013, 9:11 PM

Dr. Elder:  I am was trying to log in to the video chat....I am having difficulties connecting. 

Profile PictureColleen Weiss - 23 April 2013, 5:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback on the letter.  I've added artifacts and activities to each standard.  If you get a chance, could you look over them and give me feedback on those?  Other than that, all is going well.