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Dr. Laura Hines Wilhelm

Dr. Laura Hines Wilhelm

Dr. Laura Hines Wilhelm,
Associate Professor of Education


Ed.D. Oklahoma State University

Curriculum and Instruction / Elementary & Early Childhood Education

M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma

Early Childhood Education

B.S. Central State University

Early Childhood Education

Dr. Wilhelm has loved being a teacher for more than a quarter of a century! She has taught elementary school in Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Lawton, and Austin Texas, and served as director the Child Development Lab at OSU. She has been a teacher educator since 1995, teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma, Missouri State, Oklahoma State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma. She has been at OCU since 2013. Her scholarship interests focus on best practices in early education including the teacher’s role in preventing child neglect, nature education, meaningful incorporation of technology tools, and international influences on early education.

Dr. Wilhelm has co-authored a book on child neglect, published in academic journals, and has presented at state, regional, and international professional conferences.  She has taught graduate courses for OU and OSU in Germany (Rhein-Main AFB) and England (Brandon, RAF Lakenheath), and led European study tours to London, Cardiff-by-the Sea, Paris, Brussels, Bruges, Reggio Emilia, Florence, and Milan for graduate and undergraduate teacher candidates.  She serves on the Board of Directors at Martin Nature Park, and Oklahoma Environmental Educators, and volunteers for Oklahoma Growing Up WILD. She is currently writing a 12-month blog: Playing It Safe, a series on child safety and prevention of child neglect at

Dr. Wilhelm is passionate about making a positive impact on the future for children in our schools. The authentic human connection between child and teacher must take precedence over outside mandates from people who do not know our individual children, their needs, and their strengths. She works to help classroom teacher candidates develop the skills necessary to meet each child where they are now, and scaffold lessons to take them beyond all expectations!

Contact Information

Walker Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106