Doctor - Education: Early Childhood Education

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Northcentral University's Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education is designed to provide you with the opportunity to study childhood growth and development. You'll also have the chance to explore strategies in curriculum development, teaching and assessment. Read on for more information about the Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education at Northcentral University is designed to allow you to study theories and practices for early childhood education in the United States, with a focus on pre-K through third grade settings. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the social, intellectual, emotional and physical development of infants, toddlers and young children. Literacy development, language development, and literacy teaching strategies are also examined. Additional topics in program administration, including hiring and budgeting, may also be addressed.

What Are the Prerequisites?

As a potential applicant to the Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education, you should have already earned a master's degree from an accredited institution. You should also have a passion for working with young children and may have professional teaching experience.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education could be completed in 54 credit hours, with up to 12 additional credit hours allowed to complete dissertation research. The program includes 24 foundation credit hours, 15 specialization credit hours, three doctoral comprehensive examination credit hours, and 12 dissertation credit hours.

Courses for a Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 8000Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDR 8200Scholarly Literature Review
EDR 8203Research Methods
EDR 8201Statistics I
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
ECE 7001 Topics in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7002Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
ECE 7003Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
ECE 7005Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
ECE 7007Early Childhood Literacy and Literature
ECE 7009Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Early Childhood Education
CT 7004Language and Literacy Education
CT 7005Literacy: Focus on Curriculum
Examination Course
CMP 9700E Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing the Doctor of Education program in Early Childhood Education, you could seek teaching opportunities in colleges and universities. You could also be able to pursue additional responsibilities related to your current teaching position. Opportunities could be sought in public and private preschools, elementary schools and early child care organizations.

Depending on your professional background, you could be able to pursue positions such as:

  • Postsecondary Professor
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Child Care Director