Daphney Wadley, M.A.

Program Director, B.A. in Child Development Accelerated Undergraduate
Assistant Professor

Daphney Wadley has been teaching at PLNU since 2016, and has worked in the field of family and child development for 15 years. She has directed family and children programming in community nonprofit organizations like City Tree Christian School in downtown San Diego. She teaches courses for PLNU's Accelerated Undergraduate Program and the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and supervises field study and internships in her role as a preschool director. Training new leaders in the field of Child Development is her greatest passion.


  • M.A., Leadership and Organizational Studies, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A., Family Life Services, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Human Development – FCS 150
  • Development of Children and Adolescents – CDV 320
  • Parent Education and Family Development – CDV 350
  • Family and Parenting – FCS 385
  • Child Development, Family Systems, and Social Change – CDV 485
  • Capstone Professional Development – CDV 495

Experience in Field

  • Outreach Director, San Diego Discovery Centers, Inc., 2000 – 2006
  • Children and Family Ministries Director, OB1 Church, 2008 – 2013
  • Preschool and Afterschool Director, City Tree Christian School, 2013 – 2017

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 
  • Member, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) 
  • Member, Church Related Early Childhood Education Fellowship (CRECEF) 
  • Member, National Council on Family Relations