Early Childhood Education EdD

Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education Policy


Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education

The Ed.D specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates for college teaching, research, policy, and other leadership positions in early childhood education and in early childhood special education. The program is highly selective, aiming to identify and prepare individuals whose prior education and experience offer promise of the ability to develop modes of inquiry suitable to address the field’s complexities. Core courses emphasize theory and foundations in early childhood education and early childhood special education as well as research methods and training. Combining rigorous methodological, conceptual, and practical experiences, the program is designed for those interested in research pertaining to the development and education of young children and their families. Seminars 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.

Ed.D. in Early Childhood Policy

The Ed.D. in Early Childhood Policy prepares candidates for leadership positions, college teaching, and research in early childhood policy. The concentration is highly selective, aiming to identify and prepare individuals whose prior education and experience offer promise of the ability to develop modes of inquiry suitable to the field’s complexities. 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 U.S. early childhood policy, there is opportunity for international and comparative work.

Early Childhood Education Special Education

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.

Questions about the Ed.D. program? Contact Mark Owen, Program Manager.

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Admissions Information

Doctor of Education

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 5
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 1

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or MAT
  • Academic Writing Sample

Course Requirements

Doctor of Education

Early Childhood Education

At the doctoral level, the specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates for college teaching, research, policy, and other leadership positions in early childhood education. The program is highly selective, aiming to identify and train individuals whose prior education and experience, whether or not it has been specifically in the field of early childhood, gives promise of the ability to develop modes of inquiry suitable to the field’s complexities.

 Early Childhood Policy

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) concentration in Early Childhood Policy prepares candidates for leadership positions, college teaching, and research in early childhood policy. The concentration is highly selective, aiming to identify and train individuals whose prior education and experience, whether or not it has been specifically in the field of early childhood, gives promise of the ability to develop modes of inquiry suitable to the field’s complexities. Combining rigorous methodological, conceptual, and practical interdis-ciplinary 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 U.S. early childhood policy, there will be opportunity for international and comparative work.

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