Todd W. Kent

Director, Program in Teacher Preparation/Director, Teacher Certification
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Program: Teacher Prep

Todd Kent is the Director of the Program in Teacher Preparation and the Director of the Teacher Certificate Program. He joined Teacher Prep in 1997 and teaches the program’s introductory course, the Seminar in Student Learning and Methods for Teaching (TPP 301). He supervises student teachers in math, science, and social studies.

As Director of the Teacher Certificate Program, Dr. Kent oversees the curriculum, staff, and the daily operations of the program which allows students to earn both a Princeton University certificate and licensure by the state of New Jersey for teaching in middle or secondary schools.

Dr. Kent 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 has also co-authored multimedia teaching cases in various formats. He has presented papers at a variety of professional conferences in the areas of assessment and teacher quality, action research, and the use of teaching cases in the preparation of new teachers.
Dr. Kent is the founding chair of a special interest research group for the American Educational Research Association which focuses on the area of program accountability research arising from accreditation and state review processes. He also serves as an accreditation panel member for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.  He is also the secretary for the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  Dr. Kent 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. He 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.

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Lecturer (TPP 301 and TPP 402)
  • Contact for Prospective Students
  • Teacher Certification
  • Program Technologies (Tk20, Teachscape, Video)
  • Program Accreditation