Ruth Sylvester

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All undergraduate programs within the School of Education are NCATE accredited. (Now known as CAEP)

Ruth Sylvester, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education


Dr. Sylvester teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. As a certified elementary teacher, she taught fifth grade for many years prior to several years as an assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. Prior to coming to Cedarville, Dr. Sylvester taught at Southeastern University and at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on struggling writers and the use of multimedia composing as an agent for motivating them. She also has studied the coping behaviors of parents whose children struggle with reading. She is currently examining preservice teachers’ visual representation of proportional thinking. Dr. Sylvester is also collaborating with undergraduate students at Cedarville on a project that employs children’s literature as a catalyst for introducing engineering concepts to elementary students.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Literacy, University of South Florida
  • M.A., University of South Florida
  • B.S., Tennessee Temple University

Scholarly Works

  • An Examination of the Interaction Between Exemplary Teachers and Struggling Writers (Betty Ruth Sylvester) Education Faculty Publications (2006)
  • Lessons Learned: What Our History and Research Tell Us About Teachers’ Professional Learning (S. Kragler, L. Martin and Betty Ruth Sylvester) Education Faculty Publications (2014)  
  • What Does That Mean?: Conferencing with a Struggling Writer (Betty Ruth Sylvester) Education Faculty Publications (2014)
  • Vocabulary Instruction for the Young, Diverse Learners (Betty Ruth Sylvester, S. Kragler and J. Liontas) Childhood Education (2014)  
  • "Banana Starts with the Yellow Letter": Curricular Implications for Preschoolers Missing a Concept (Betty Ruth Sylvester and S. Kragler) Childhood Education (2013)

View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Favorite places to visit: I enjoy traveling to many exciting places, but my favorites are the gulf coast beaches in Florida and our family cottage in New Harbor, Maine.
  • Hobbies: Traveling, walking, hiking, reading, cooking, gardening, beachcombing (in Florida and Maine), and meeting new people
  • Why Cedarville: I am excited about teaching in a small liberal arts college where Jesus is central and where the focus is to “inspire greatness” among the students, staff, and faculty.