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 six foundation credit hours, 15 research methods credit hours, 18 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
Foundation Courses
EDU 7101-8 Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 7001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Methods Courses
EDU 7002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU 7003-8 Statistics I
EDU 7702-8 Research Design
EDU 7005-8 Qualitative Methods
EDU 7707-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Specialization Courses
Select six courses from the following:
ECE 7001-8 Topics in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7002-8 Topics in Early Childhood Growth, Development, and Educational Programs
ECE 7003-8 Topics in Early Childhood Program Administration
ECE 7005-8 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
ECE 7007-8 Early Childhood Literacy and Literature
ECE 7009-8 Families, Communities, and Schools as Partners in Early Childhood Education
CT 7004-8 Language and Literacy Education
CT 7005-8 Literacy: Focus on Curriculum
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
CMP 9400E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9401E Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9402E Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9403E Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9404E Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

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