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Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education

For a Special Issue on

Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to work with ELL/Immigrant Children

Abstract deadline
15 July 2024

Manuscript deadline
15 November 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Grace Keengwe, Ph.D., University of North Dakota
[email protected]

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Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to work with ELL/Immigrant Children

The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (JECTE) is seeking manuscripts for a special issue focusing on preparing early childhood teachers to work with ELL and immigrant children. Manuscripts that examine research on the education of children from immigrant families and children in diverse families are welcomed. Both qualitative and qualitative research methods are encouraged.

Potential Topics include but are not limited to:

  • ELL learning theories and teacher education
  • Academic success and support
  • Bilingual learners and language acquisition skills
  • Cognitive development and teaching strategies
  • Cultural competences to adapt for ELL learners
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Family engagement of ELL/immigrant families
  • Immigration and school adaptation
  • Learning assessment – ELL assessment strategies for teachers
  • Professional development models for working with ELL/immigrant learners
  • Teacher development
  • Social emotional development and teaching strategies

Resilience of ELL/immigrant learners and teacher practices

Submission Instructions

Submission and Review Process
All articles will go through a double-blind peer review. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please refer to Instructions for authors when preparing your manuscript.


June 15, 2024: Submit Intent to Develop a Proposal (Letter of Interest). Send a one-paragraph email message with the subject line “Intent to Develop a Proposal” and include a short bibliography showing your areas of expertise. This should be emailed to Grace Keengwe at [email protected]

July 15, 2024. Submit Full Proposal. Prospective authors should prepare a proposal of 600 to 800 words and email it to Grace Keengwe, at [email protected].

Format of Proposal (600 to 800 words)
(1) Study overview and a short review of literature
(2) Methods
(3) Findings
(4) Conclusions and Implications
(5) The significance of the focal research for advancing research in childhood education, with a focus on “preparing early childhood teachers to work with ELL/Immigrant Children”.

August 15, 2024: Proposal Feedback. Authors will be notified whether their proposals are accepted.

November 15, 2024: Submission of Completed Manuscript. All submitted manuscripts will undergo the standard JECTE double-blind review process. Please note that receiving an invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee the eventual acceptance of the manuscript for the Theme Issue. Please follow the Instructions for authors and submit completed manuscripts at the JECTE submission portal

Submissions should include:

  • Unstructured abstract of 200 words
  • Five (5) keywords
  • Main document of ~8,000 words, including references and tables

For further information, please contact the JECTE Editor in charge of content for this issue:  [email protected]

January 15, 2025: Decision from Editor Sent to Authors: After review of comments from blind reviewers, editors will make decisions of reject, major revisions, minor revision, or accept.

February 15, 2025 Revised Manuscripts Due: Revised manuscripts should be uploaded in the JECTE submission portal. If further revisions are deemed necessary, authors will be notified by March 15, 2025, second revisions would be due by April 15, 2025.

Expected publication [online] date: June 30, 2025 -Volume 46, Issue 2.

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