Ji Hyun Oh, PhD

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Ji Hyun Oh, PhD

Assistant Professor
Teaching and Learning

Biographical Information

Ji Hyun Oh received her Ph.D. from University of Florida in the summer of 2016.  She majored in special education with an emphasis on early childhood in the Department of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies.  Prior to her doctoral training, she worked as a kindergarten teacher for three years in South Korea, and important components of her teaching included 'Eco Early Childhood Education,' 'Project Approach,' and 'Anti-bias Education.'  She also worked as a Pre-K5 lead teacher in Oklahoma where she obtained her master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  During her doctoral training, Dr. Oh worked as a student researcher and research assistant.  In addition, she taught two undergraduate courses in the Unified Early Childhood ProTeach teacher education program for seven semesters.  From the year of 2011 to 2016, she worked as a university field supervisor and worked with numerous teacher candidates in both undergraduate and graduate level teacher certification programs at the University of Florida.  Her research interests include play, play-based learning, outdoor play, early childhood teacher education, and qualitative research methodologies.  Dr. Oh's dissertation study investigated preschool teachers' beliefs about children's outdoor play, play in natural environments, and their roles during outdoor play to support young children's play, learning, and development. 


Ph.D., Special Education (with an emphasis on Early Childhood Studies)
University of Florida


2013-2014 Ralph D. Turlington Scholarship and Fellowship, COE, UF