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Corey McKenna, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Education


CDA 145D



Mailing Address

1031 N. Academic Way
Coeur d’Alene 83814

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, Teaching and Learning, Math and Science Education, 2006.
  • M.Ed., Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, Education Administration and Supervision, Education Leadership, 1998.
  • B.A., Fresno State University, Fresno, CA; Biology and Chemistry, 1993.

  • Board of Directors Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Heritage University, 2018.
  • Teacher of the Year, Parlier School District, 1995
  • Teacher of the Year, Le Grand School District, 1994

Corey McKenna is a professor of education in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Corey came to Coeur d’Alene from Central California in 2012, where he was a professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, Bakersfield Regional Center. He taught math and science methods, curriculum, instruction and assessment, and foundations. He started out teaching in elementary and secondary classrooms before finding his passion – working with and preparing pre-service teachers. He has served on numerous university and community committees. He has also served as a program and site reviewer for NCATE/CAEP, NWCCU, CCTC (California) and PESB (Washington).

Corey holds a doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Teaching and Learning, a master’s degree in Educational Supervision and Curriculum and bachelor’s degree in Biology (with a chemistry minor), both from Fresno State University.

On his spare time, Corey loves to compete in ultra-distance triathlons. He has been to the Ironman World Championship in Kona and crossed the finish line with Chef Gordon Ramsey. He is also an Ironman-certified and USA Triathlon-certified coach.

  • Elementary Math education
  • Elementary science education
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Foundations of Education
  • Qualitative Research

  • Seeing the science thinking in pre-service elementary teachers
  • Development and implementation of an elementary STEM teacher preparation program

  • McKenna, C. (2021). Every Fallen Leaf. IngramSpark Publishers.
  • McKenna, C. (2021). Stoic Determination. The Wellness Magazine, July/Aug, 10-12.
  • McKenna, C. (2021). Innovation by Design: Preparing Teachers in Elementary STEM Education. NSTA Press. Submitted for publication review.
  • McKenna, C. (2021). Outwit, outplay, outlast: A commentary on surviving ineffective leadership in higher education. Journal of the Professoriate.  Under Review
  • McKenna, C. (2021). The correlation between self-efficacy beliefs and performance in math: A case study. Mathematics Education Research Journal.  Under review
  • Campbell, C., Ayala, C.C., Railsback, G., Freking, F.W., & McKenna, C. (2016) Beginning teachers’ perceptions of the California Teaching Performance Assessment experience.  Teacher Education Quarterly, 43(2).
  • McKenna, C. (2014). Motivations for Learning: Mastery experiences in a low-socioeconomic middle school. Educational Renaissance, 3(1), 21-32.
  • McKenna, C. (2013). Glimmers of Hope: When mastery experiences are not enough. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Emmett, J., Hall, D., & McKenna, C. (2014). Exposing the Roots of Low Self-Efficacy for Math: A Multi-Case Study of Students in an Urban High School.  The ICCTE Journal, 8(2). 
  • McKenna, C. (2013). The effects of a before-school physical education program on student achievement in Virginia classrooms.  Modern Social Science Journal, 2 (1).
  • McKenna, C. (2013). The effects of self-correcting mathematics problems on student achievement in a 5TH grade classroom. Modern Social Science Journal, 2 (1).
  • McKenna, C. (2013). The development and implementation of an integrated curriculum at an elementary math, science, and technology magnet school: A case study. National Social Science Journal, 40 (2).
  • McKenna, C. (2012). There’s an app for that:  How iPads increased student engagement and achievement in 2 elementary classrooms.  Scientific and Academic Publications—Education, 2 (5), 136-142.
  • McKenna, C. (2012). Learning by Doing:  A constructivist approach to assessment and research in professional learning communities.  National Social Science Journal, 38 (2), 50-56.
  • McKenna, C. (2012). Extracts from correspondence.  In J.M. Meloy, Twenty-first Century Learning by Doing (pp. 14, 146-147, 148). New York:  Sense Publishers.
  • McKenna, C. (2011). Fitness fanatics forever and academics: A commentary. Journal of Health Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3082

Phone: 208-885-6587

Fax: 208-885-1071