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Birgit Monks Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Birgit Monks, ED.D. has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. Birgit is bi-lingual and was born and raised in Passau, Germany. While completing a degree in social pedagogy in Germany, she worked with adolescents who had physical and mental disabilities and spent about 10 years with the Youth Welfare Department where she taught young children and administered preschool and afterschool settings.

In the United States, she attended Pacific Oaks College for her Bachelor and Master of Arts degree in Human Development and Fielding Graduate University for her ED.D. in Educational Leadership and Change. For 15 years, she was a director of a state funded lab school for children age 18 months to Kindergarten. Aside from her background in administration of early childhood programs, she was teaching as an adjunct faculty in bachelor’s and master’s program for early childhood education and human development.

Birgit is currently the Program Chair for Child & Adolescent Development and California Teacher Permit Certificate Program at Union Institute and University. Her passion is social justice and diversity. She is an advocate for equity and equal opportunities and is committed supporting students to reach their educational and professional goals.