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Elizabeth "Betsy" Keithcart

female professor

It is my privilege to work with our dedicated faculty, staff, and administration on the continuous improvement of our educational programs. My goal as assessment coordinator is to support the faculty in developing a useful and valuable assessment system for the Benerd School of Education.

While my primary role is as assessment coordinator, my passion for education lies in integrating the arts and humanities in the curriculum, grounded in science and environmental education. Music, especially, enhances student learning and positive learning communities.

As I teach and supervise teacher candidates, I draw from my experiences as a music therapist, elementary classroom teacher, and resource specialist in science, fine arts, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). I enjoy bringing my harp into my presentations to model singing with students.

My professional background includes fourteen years of teaching elementary students in Coalinga, Fresno, and Elk Grove and prior work as an instructional assistant in special education. In my master's work, my lesson plans and illustrations were included in Project AIMS (Activities Integrating Mathematics and Science).

I have served as coordinator of the Environmental Education Grant Program at the California Department of Education, and have contributed to publications for the California Department of Education, Silver Burdett and Ginn and Scholastic. My current professional memberships include the California Council for Teacher Education, American Music Therapy Association, and American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

"An educator is great - but one who educates and gives out inspiration is far greater _"

This quote, written in 1914, reminds me that we gain inspiration from our teachers, students, and colleagues. Personally, I was inspired by my grandmother, a 1908 graduate of the Conservatory of Music. Now I understand her experiences more fully and why she spoke so fondly of the University of the Pacific. I believe that we must be mindful to inspire our students by who we are as well as by what we do.

I hope to inspire our ready, reflective, and responsive candidates to use an array of assessments effectively and appropriately to guide curriculum and student-centered learning.


2008: Ed.D., University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
Curriculum and Instruction
Music Education History

2007 Music Therapist-Board Certified,
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
Music Therapy Certification Program,
Conservatory of Music

1986 M.A., Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA
Education Integration of Mathematics and Science

1977 B.A., California State University, Chico, CA

Research Interests

Assessment Literacy
Arts-Based Educational Research
Music Education History
Development of Language and Musical Knowledge Systems