Aurelia Di Santo joined Ryerson University in September 2006 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies. Prior to 2006, Aurelia taught in the School for six years as a part time faculty member. Her primary areas of teaching include the curriculum, observation, and field education courses. She has also taught courses on Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education, and Interpersonal Communications.
Aurelia earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She is the recipient of the 2006–2007 Certificate of Academic Excellence, awarded from the Canadian Psychological Association for her doctoral thesis. Research for her thesis focused on early childhood educators’, parents’, and preschool children’s perceptions of school readiness. Aurelia’s main research interests are school readiness, quality early learning and child care environments, and teacher beliefs and practice.
Aurelia has extensive work experience in a variety of early childhood settings, which ranges from working directly with children to managing early learning and child care centres. She has taught a range of continuing education early childhood education courses at George Brown College and at the Mothercraft Institute for Early Development. Aurelia has also worked as a consultant for international early childhood development projects in Brazil and Egypt.