Todd Kent is the Director of the Program in Teacher Preparation and oversees the curriculum, staff, and daily operations of the program. He joined Teacher Prep in 1997 and became the program’s director in 2017. He teaches the program’s introductory course, the Seminar in Student Learning and Methods for Teaching (TPP 301) and supervises student teachers in math, science, and social studies. During his time with Teacher Prep, Dr. Kent led the development of three program courses, successfully guided the program through three cycles of national accreditation, created the “certificate only” option, and has added English as a Second Language as a certification area.
Dr. Kent earned a doctorate in educational evaluation and a master’s degree in the social foundations of education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and he graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in economics. He has authored a book on the role of technology in education and has published book chapters on pedagogical knowledge and case-based teaching methodologies. He is the secretary for the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and is a member of the board of trustees for the Foundation Academy Charter School, a "no excuses” charter school in Trenton, N.J.
Before coming to Princeton, Dr. Kent worked for the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, where he served as the high school principal, chair of the science department, science teacher and coach.