National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education

Call for Manuscripts
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

Special Issue: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to work with ELL/Immigrant Children

Guest Editor:
Grace Keengwe, Ph.D.
University of North Dakota

The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (JECTE) is seeking manuscripts for a special issue focusing on preparing early childhood teachers to work with ELL and immigrant children. Manuscripts that examine research on the education of children from immigrant families and children in diverse families are welcomed. Both qualitative and qualitative research methods are encouraged.

Potential Topics include but are not limited to:

  • ELL learning theories and teacher education
  • Academic success and support
  • Bilingual learners and language acquisition skills
  • Cognitive development and teaching strategies
  • Cultural competences to adapt for ELL learners
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Family engagement of ELL/immigrant families
  • Immigration and school adaptation
  • Learning assessment – ELL assessment strategies for teachers
  • Professional development models for working with ELL/immigrant learners
  • Teacher development
  • Social emotional development and teaching strategies
  • Resilience of ELL/immigrant learners and teacher practices

Submission and Review Process
All articles will go through a double-blind peer review. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please refer to Instructions for authors when preparing your manuscript.


June 15, 2024: Submit Intent to Develop a Proposal (Letter of Interest). Send a one-paragraph email message with the subject line “Intent to Develop a Proposal” and include a short bibliography showing your areas of expertise. This should be emailed to Grace Keengwe at

July 15, 2024. Submit Full Proposal. Prospective authors should prepare a proposal of 600 to 800 words and email it to Grace Keengwe, at

Format of Proposal (600 to 800 words)
(1) Study overview and a short review of literature
(2) Methods
(3) Findings
(4) Conclusions and Implications
(5) The significance of the focal research for advancing research in childhood education, with a focus on “preparing early childhood teachers to work with ELL/Immigrant Children”.

August 15, 2024: Proposal Feedback. Authors will be notified whether their proposals are accepted.

November 15, 2024: Submission of Completed Manuscript. All submitted manuscripts will undergo the standard JECTE double-blind review process. Please note that receiving an invitation to submit a full manuscript does not guarantee the eventual acceptance of the manuscript for the Theme Issue. Please follow the Instructions for authors and submit completed manuscripts at the JECTE submission portal

Submissions should include:

  • Unstructured abstract of 200 words
  • Five (5) keywords
  • Main document of ~8,000 words, including references and tables

For further information, please contact the JECTE Editor in charge of content for this issue:

January 15, 2025: Decision from Editor Sent to Authors: After review of comments from blind reviewers, editors will make decisions of reject, major revisions, minor revision, or accept.

February 15, 2025 Revised Manuscripts Due: Revised manuscripts should be uploaded in the JECTE submission portal. If further revisions are deemed necessary, authors will be notified by March 15, 2025, second revisions would be due by April 15, 2025.

Expected publication [online] date: June 30, 2025 -Volume 46, Issue 2.


Call for Special Issue Proposals

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (JECTE) is looking for special issue proposals. If there is a timely and important topic related to early childhood teacher preparation at the pre-and in-service levels that you would like to see addressed as a JECTE special issue, you are invited to submit a proposal. Please note, special issues require a Guest Editor (or Co-Editors).

The proposal should have the following information:
-Proposed special issue title
-Overview of the proposed topic of the special issue
-Purpose of the proposed special issue and its contribution to the field
-Type of manuscripts that are welcomed in the special issue
-If you are willing to serve as Guest Editor for this issue, please include your CV in the application. If you have a Co-Editor, please include both CVs.

Timeline Example (Adjustable):
Call Developed and Distributed (e.g., NAECTE and JECTE websites; journal)   January 1st, 2024
Manuscript Submission Deadline in ScholarOne:                                September 1st, 2024
First Round of Reviews completed by:                                               December 1st, 2024
First Decisions Sent to Authors:                                                                             December 15th, 2024
Revisions due to Guest Editor(s):                                                      January 15th, 2025
Second Round of Reviews (if needed) completed by:                               March 15th, 2025
Additional Revisions (if needed) due by:                                             May 15th, 2025
Manuscript Final Versions Submitted to Taylor & Francis (for Issue 2):         June 1st, 2025

Please send completed proposals to Judit Szente at by December 31st, 2023.


The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education is the official journal of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Its purpose is to provide a forum for consideration of issues and for exchange of information and ideas about research and practice in early childhood teacher education. Teacher education can focus on pre-service teacher preparation and in-service professional development. For the purposes of manuscripts published in JECTE, early childhood education generally is considered from birth through grade 3. JECTE welcomes research manuscripts and reflective reports on innovative teacher education practices.

JECTE is published by Taylor and Francis. Manuscripts submitted to JECTE should be uploaded electronically at

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