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Early Childhood Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Early Childhood Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degree Requirements > EdD: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SPECIALIZATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

EdD: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SPECIALIZATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers a doctoral concentration in Early Childhood Special Education, within the Early Childhood Education specialization. This concentration prepares students for careers related to leadership and advocacy in the field, research and scholarship, and higher education and teacher preparation programs. Core courses emphasize theory and foundations in general and special early childhood education and research methods and training. Seminars and advanced practica focus on special topics in the field. Opportunities for involvement in faculty-sponsored research and professional development activities are an integral part of the program concentration.

The basic curriculum for Ed.D. students includes:

Core Courses:
  • C&T 5000         Theory and inquiry in curriculum and teaching 
(6 points fall and 3 points spring, of the first year)
  • C&T 5513         Seminar in early childhood education I (3)
  • C&T 5514         Seminar in early childhood education II, or one additional 6000-level research seminar (3)
Research Requirements:
  • C&T 7500         Dissertation seminar in curriculum and teaching I (3)
  • HUDM 4122     Probability and statistical inference (3)
Two (2) research methodology courses relevant to the students’ research interests.

Students must complete at least two of the required research core courses prior to enrolling in dissertation seminar. The third course may be taken concurrently with Dissertation Seminar.

Other courses are selected in consultation with an advisor. (See Department website for further information.)