Denise Nicole Powell
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

About Me

Dr. Denise Nicole Powell is currently an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Marygrove College. She also serves as the Education Division's Field Experiences Coordinator.

Dr. Powell holds a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education (cognitive impairment) from Michigan State University, a master's degree in educational leadership from Marygrove College, and a Ph.D. in early childhood education from Oakland University. She also holds State of Michigan endorsements in learning disabilities and early childhood special education (ZS).

She has over 40 years of experience in public education, and has served in the roles of special education teacher and elementary school principal in Detroit, as well as elementary school principal in Farmington Hills, Michigan. After retiring from the public school system, Dr. Powell served as an educational consultant, research coordinator, and principal/leadership coach before coming to Marygrove. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences.

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Denise Nicole  Powell Faculty Bio

Honors and Awards

  • Oakland University Outstanding Dissertation Award Recipient

Areas of Interest

  • Early intervention

  • The impact of poverty on young children

  • Post-secondary experiences of students with learning disabilities

Research Projects

  • Families' access and participation in early intervention

  • Post-secondary experiences of students with learning disabilities


  • Powell, D.N. (2012). Bridges and barriers: An examination of service provider roles and perceptions of engagement in early intervention. Oakland University, Rochester Hills, MI.


  • BA, Elementary and Special Education, Michigan State University

  • M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Marygrove College

  • Ph.D., Early Childhood Education, Oakland University


  • CD/ECE 223: Professional Partnerships in Early Childhood Education: Child, Family, School, and Community

  • CD/ECE 241: Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education

  • CD/ECE 326: Administration of Developmental Centers

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