Early Childhood Specialization - Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Early Childhood

The early childhood field brings together professionals, families, programs, and agencies that impact every aspect of children’s lives from prenatal development through age 8. The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Early Childhood prepares you to lead and advocate effectively within this dynamic landscape, fostering positive outcomes for young children and their families.

In this specialization, you will explore the complex family, cultural, social, and socioeconomic influences that affect child development and learning as well as the history, ethics, and interdisciplinary nature of the field. While examining the trends and issues that affect young children, you will explore in-depth topics including family dynamics, risk factors such as poverty and trauma, and the factors that support resilience. Through case studies, you’ll deepen your understanding of how public programs, funding, and policies impact children’s lives. By studying current national and international research in the field, you can develop a global perspective on child development as well as quality programs, practices, and policies. Through your doctoral study, you can pursue your own original research.

Completion Requirements

  • 54 minimum semester credits
    • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
    • Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)
    • Core Courses (24 sem. cr.)
    • Research in Practice (6 sem. cr.)
    • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
  • 1 face-to-face residency
  • ePortfolio

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


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