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Early Childhood Policy Specialization

The Early Childhood Policy Specialization is currently housed in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

This specialization offers an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. degree. Read about them below:

Degree Requirements for ED.M. Early Childhood Policy Concentration

The basic curriculum for the Early Childhood Education Policy Concentration consists of three course categories which include:

A total of 45 points that must be taken at Teachers College. First, a set of courses in Curriculum and Teaching will provide the foundation for early childhood pedagogy and practice (15 points). Second, courses in Education Policy and Social Analysis will provide analytic policy training and focus (15 points). A third set of course options (15 points) is selected in consultation with an advisor.


Departmental Requirements (15 credits):

  • C&T 4005             Principles of teaching and learning (3)
  • C&T 4113             Early childhood methods and programs (3)
  • C&T 4121             Early childhood teaching strategies within a social context (3)
  • C&T 5513             Seminar in early childhood education I (3)
  • C&T 5514             Seminar in early childhood education II (3) OR
  • C&T 6502             Studies in curriculum and teaching (3)


Policy Concentration Requirements (15 credits):

  • EDPS  4000          Education and public policy (3)
  • EDPS  5645          Policy seminar I (3)
  • EDPS  5646          Policy seminar II (3)
  • HUDM 4122         Probability and statistical inference (3) OR
  • C&T 5502             Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (3)
  • C&T 6408             Advanced internship: Infancy and early childhood (3)


Electives (15 credits):

Beyond the core courses, students’ programs are individually planned with their advisors, based on their professional goals and interests.


Degree Requirements for Ed.D. Specialization in Early Childhood Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Policy Concentration

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program prepares candidates for leadership positions, college teaching, and research in early childhood policy. Combining rigorous methodological, conceptual, and practical interdisciplinary experiences, the program is designed for those interested in shaping the policy agenda for young children and their families.  It is predicated on the principle that undergirding all policy work, candidates must have thorough understandings of both substantive content (early childhood practices, pedagogy, and theory) and research skills. While the focus of this program is on US early childhood policy, there will be opportunity for international and comparative work.   

Course Requirements for the degree include 90 credit hours.  Of these 12 are required as a part of the departmental core, 15 are required as a part of the research core, and 12 are required as a part of the early childhood policy concentration core, totaling 39 credits.  The remaining 51 credits must be selected from the early childhood policy concentration options listed below.  Of these 90 credits, no more than 40 will be accepted from another institution. 

Required Departmental Core (6 points fall and 3 points spring, of the first year)

C&T  5000 (FALL)        Theory and inquiry in curriculum & teaching (6)
C&T 5000 (SPRING)   Theory and inquiry in curriculum & teaching (3)

Required Research Core [15 Credits]


C&T 5502            Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum & teaching [3] OR
EDPS 5645         Policy Seminar I (3)*
C&T 7500            Dissertation seminar in curriculum & teaching (3)
HUDM 4122        Probability and statistical inference (3)
HUDM 5122        Applied regression analysis (3)


Required Early Childhood Policy Concentration  (15 credits)

C&T 5513           Seminar in early childhood education I (3)
C&T 5514           Seminar in early childhood education II (3)
C&T 6502           Studies in curriculum and teaching (3)
EDPS 4000        Education and public policy (3)
EDPS 5430        Policy internship (3)

Other courses are selected in consultation with an advisor. Some options are the following:
   
C&T 4000         Disability in contexts
C&T 4004         School Change
C&T 4122         Issues in parenthood and education
C&T 4615         Young children and social policy: Issues and problems
C&T 5050         Education policy: Prologue to the future                                                                                                    C&T 5074         Curriculum and teaching policy
EDPA 4046      School finance: Policy and practice
EDPA 4047      Politics and public policy
EDPA 4086      Law and education: Regulating religion, free speech, and safety                                                           EDPA 4899      Federal Policy Institute                                                                                                                                EDPA 6013      Early childhood development & education: Integrating research & policy perspectives                      EDPA 6027      International perspectives on early childhood policy                                                                            EDPP 4040      American politics and education
EDPS 5645      Policy seminar I
EDPS 5646      Policy seminar II
EDPE 4050      Economics of education                                                                                                                           HUDK 4127     Developmental psychology and educational reform
HUDK 6036     Child and family policy I (Institute for Child and Family Policy)
HUDK 6037     Child and family policy II (Institute for Child and Family Policy)
ITSF 4090         Issues and institutions in international educational development

Courses at the Columbia University School of Social Work
T 6801              Social welfare policy (Professor Garfinkel/Professor Waldfogel)
T 6820              Women and social policy (Professor Waldfogel)
T 7144              Seminar on social policy practice (Professor Waldfogel)
   

Dissertation Advisement

C&T 8900        DISSERTATION ADVISEMENT (0)

* Substitution Permitted With Adviser’s Approval.