PhD - Education: Early Childhood Education

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. Requirements include 27 foundation credits, 18 specialization credits, three doctoral comprehensive exam credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

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 8202Statistics II
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select six 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 7004 Language and Literacy Education
CT 7005 Literacy: 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 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