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Erica Brownstein

Asst Dean-Educator Preparation, Office of Educator Preparation

(614) 292-1414

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Erica M. Brownstein is Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation at The Ohio State University and worked as an associate professor of science education at Capital University. Erica has a passion for accreditation and assessment with experience at the discipline, program, and university level. Her service at a national level includes data projects with CAEP, AACTE Case Study, and the Teacher Education Data Project. In addition, she is past chair of the State University Education Deans in Ohio. She also leads a 27 institution collaborative research project to develop valid and reliable instruments for use by educator preparation providers (VARI-EPP). Erica has made presentations about accreditation to local, regional, national, and international audiences. Her recent research and publications are focused on accreditation and assessment.


  • PhD, Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, The Ohio State University, 1997
  • BS, Ohio Dominican College, Chemistry, 1987.  
  • Teaching Certificates: Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

Research Interests

Selected Grants

  • 2015-2016 “Valid and Reliable Instruments for Educator Preparation Providers (VARI-EPP).” Brownstein, Day, and Lomax, $9000 funded by AACTE and given to the Ohio Chapter: OACTE. Funding used for inter-rater reliability studies and content validity studies, which are part of the development of a summative student teaching form in collaboration with 26 initial licensure programs at Ohio-based public and private colleges and universities.
  • 2012-2013 and 2010-2011 - Co-PI - InQUIRE, professional development workshop for practicing teachers grades 3 to 6 funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, 2010-2011 - $110,000 and 2012-2013 - $104,000. Collaborative grant with science faculty and P-12 school districts for professional development of practicing teachers in the teaching of science.
  • 2002-2011 Grants for the Girls Reaching Out With Science (GROWS) program. American Electric Power, AAUW Educational Foundation, Stellhorn Foundation, and Junior League of Columbus: $42,500. This partnership was with a local middle school to encourage urban middle school girls in STEM fields. Each girl was mentored by a college female as the two collaborated on a science research project and shared their work with the community.
  • 2003 Co-PI with other faculty at Capital, “Peer-Led Team Learning in Introductory and Organic Chemistry” from the PLTL National Dissemination Project, $9,700. This work led to the use of PLTL in general chemistry, nursing chemistry, and organic chemistry.
  • 2001 National Science Foundation DUE-0122548, “CSEMS Scholarship Program,” Co-PI with other faculty at Capital, $204,600. The funding for this grant led to the development of a computational science minor at the university, a collaboration between science, mathematics, psychology, and business.

Selected Presentations

  • Brownstein, E., Yao, J., and Kaplan, C. (2017). “Establishing Inter-Rater Reliability Through Asynchronous Online Training for a Performance Assessment Rubric.” At the At the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Louisville, Kentucky, June 12-14.
  • Yao, J., Brownstein, E., Kaplan, C., and Day, K., (2017). “Wow – There’s an Free Valid and Reliable Student Teaching Instrument!.” At the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, March 23.
  • Brownstein, E., Kaplan, C., Yao, J., and Day, K., (2017). “The Wisdom of Crowds: Collaboratively Developing and Establishing the Validity & Reliability of a Student Teaching Evaluation Form.” At the annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Tampa, Florida March 2.
  • Horvath, L., Avani, N. and Brownstein, E., (2016). "An Inquiry Approach to implementing edTPA:  Building Bridges to Support Exemplary Teaching Aligned with Content Standards​." At the annual edTPA Implementation Conference, 2015 in Savanna GA, March 31-April 2. Available at
  • Brownstein, E., Ding, L., (2016). “The US Educational System, P-12 to Educator Preparation.” Presented for the New Media Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, March 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Frye, V., Palomba, P., Neonene, R., Brownstein, E., Kugler Ackley, J. (2015). “Preparing the Pre-Service Teacher to Work in an Urban Setting in Ohio.” At the annual OCTEO Annual meeting in Dublin, Ohio, March 5.
  • Day, K., and Brownstein, E. (2014). “Strategies for Using edTPA Data in the University Community” At the annual edTPA Implementation Conference, 2014 in Las Angeles, CA, October 24-25. Available at
  • Brosnan, P., Jaede, M., Brownstein, E., and Stroot, S. (2014). Teaching to Transgress: Co-Planning and Co-Teaching Influences Mentor Teachers During Student Teaching. Presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, April 3-7.
  • Brownstein, E, (2006-2010). “Preparing for NSTA recognition Program Review.” All day workshop given in Mitchell South Dakota (July 29, 2006), Pierre South Dakota (October 20, 2006), Normal Oklahoma (November 6, 2006 and November 7, 2008), Salt Lake City (December 8, 2006), St. Louis (March 30, 2007), Russellville Arkansas (April 5, 2007), Denver (November 9, 2007), Mississippi (February 23, 2008), Boston (March 28, 2008), West Virginia (May 1, 2008), Cleveland, Ohio (August 5, 2008), Portland, Oregon (November 21, 2008), New Orleans, LA (March 20, 2009), Greenville South Carolina (February 26, 2010), Philadelphia, PA (March 19, 2010).

Selected Publications

  • Kaplan, C. S., Brownstein, E. M., & Graham-Day, K. J. (2017). One for all and all for one: Multi-university collaboration to meet accreditation requirements. Issues in Educator Accreditation: Just in Time Topics for Educator Preparation Programs in the United States, 7(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1177/2158244016687610.
  • Brownstein, E. and Horvath, L. (2016). “Next Generation Science Standards and edTPA: Evidence of Science and Engineering Practices.” Electronic Journal of Science Education, Volume 20 (4).
  • Brownstein, E., Stansbury, K., Whittaker, A., and Horvath, L. (2015). “Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and edTPA Crosswalk.” Updated March 2016.
  • Hagevik, R., Veal, W., Brownstein, E., Allan, E., Ezrailson, C., Shane, J., (2009). Pedagogical Content Knowledge and the 2003 Science Teacher Preparation Standards for NCATE Accreditation or State Approval. Journal of Science Teacher Education v12 pp. 7-12.
  • Brownstein, E., Allan, E., Ezrailson, C., Hagevik, R., Shane, J., Veal, W., (2009). The Alignment of the 2003 NSTA Science Teacher Preparation Standards with the NCATE Assessment System. Journal of Science Teacher Education v 20 pp. 403-413.
  • Brownstein, E., Allan, E., Hagevik, R., Shane, J., Veal, W., (2009). Understanding and Using the 2003 NSTA Science Teacher Preparation Standards for NCATE Accreditation or State Approval. Journal of Science Teacher Education v20, pp. 307-310.
  • Brownstein, E and Klein, R (2006). Blogs: Applications in Science Education, pages 18 – 22, Volume 35, Number 6, Journal of College Science Teaching