Lorraine DeJong has been teaching at Furman University in the graduate program since 1996. As coordinator for the early childhood program, DeJong has led in the development of a post-baccalaureate certification program for teachers that received recognition from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1999, 2006, and 2013.
Throughout her career, DeJong has been active in and elected to numerous leadership positions within early childhood education. She recently was selected to assume a top leadership role on the teacher education program committee for the NAEYC. In addition, she also currently serves on the boards of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, the South Carolina Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and A Child's Haven.
DeJong's current research interests include family-teacher partnerships in early childhood education and teaching pedagogy. Her most recent research involves assisting in a 5-year longitudinal investigation of the Montessori Model of Early Childhood Education in South Carolina, which is being coordinated by Furman's Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership.