PhD - Education: Early Childhood Education

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Are you a current professional in the education field seeking to build leadership skills in the areas of early childhood program development and management? If this is your career goal, then you might consider enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Continue reading for more information about this online doctoral degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program combines foundational courses in educational research methods and processes with courses focusing on early childhood development, programs, curriculum and assessment. Topics likely to be addressed in specialization courses include early childhood education theories, child social and emotional development, program budgeting, curriculum design and administration, reading and writing development, child advocacy, and community responsibility. Statistical concepts, research techniques, and human behavior theories are addressed in foundational courses. Throughout the program, you will build the research skills necessary to complete an extensive dissertation process which includes a proposal, analysis of research, completion of a written paper, and an oral presentation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program, you must have already earned a master's degree and possibly have some administrative experience in an educational setting. Strong organizational and analytical skills are important.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to complete 60 credits to earn the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Required Basic Foundation Courses for a Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education

Course NumberCourse Title
EDU 8000-8Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001-8Advanced Scholarly Writing
Specialization Course 1
EDU 8002-8Educational Research Methodology
Specialization Course 2
EDU 8003-9 Statistics 1
EDU 7702-8 Research Design
EDU 8005-8 Qualitative Research Design
Specialization Course 4
EDU 8006-8 Statistics II
Specialization Course 5
EDU 8007 Quantitative Methods
Specialization Course 6
EDU 8207-8Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Specialization Courses (Select six of the following courses)
ECE 7001-8Topics in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7002-8Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
ECE 7003-8Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
ECE 7005-8Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
ECE 7007-8Early Childhood Literacy and Literature
ECE 7009-8Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Early Childhood Education
CT 7004-8Language and Literacy Education
AC 7005-8Literacy: Focus on Curriculum

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Course NumberCourse Title
CMP 9500E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses

Course NumberCourse Title
DIS 9501EPhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9502EPhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9503EPhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9504EPhD Doctoral Dissertation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After graduating from Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education program, you could explore administrative opportunities in public or private pre-K or elementary schools, day care centers, or nonprofit educational organizations. You might also seek a career in academics or educational research. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Pre-K School Administrator
  • Literacy Program Director
  • Professor - Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist