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Early Childhood - Doctor of Education (EdD)


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This specialization prepares the early childhood professional to create systemwide changes in the early childhood field as a scholar, leader, or advocate on behalf of young children (prenatal to age 8). In this doctoral specialization, students explore child development and learning theory; familial, cultural, and societal influences on early childhood; and risk factors including trauma and poverty. Research courses cover quantitative and qualitative research methods for studying human development and provide students with hands-on opportunities to practice research design, data analysis, and collection skills. Providing a broad perspective on the complex, interdisciplinary landscape of the early childhood field, coursework examines national and international perspectives on child development; the interaction of disciplines such as medicine, psychology, and public health in the field; and the impact of public policy and funding on systems and services. The two-semester doctoral study intensive encourages original inquiry and focuses on learning, teaching, and leading within a designated community.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, graduates are able to:

  1. Document the use of research-based knowledge and skills in the areas of child development and/or teaching and learning to evaluate current practices and programs.
  2. Assess the role of sociocultural contexts, diversity, and human relationships in influencing the development of young children.
  3. Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
  4. Critically evaluate existing research in areas related to the early childhood field such as area of child development or early childhood education.
  5. Apply self-reflection to evaluate and ensure professional growth as advocates and leaders who promote positive social change in the field of early childhood.
  6. Evaluate existing systems of early care, education, and work to improve outcomes for young children and their families.
  7. Demonstrate abilities as skillful leaders, managers of change, relationship-builders, and collaborators with family members, colleagues, and agencies related to the field of early childhood to promote positive short- and long-term outcomes for young children and families and positive social change.
  8. Demonstrate the appropriate use of research methods through the process of producing a research project.

Degree Requirements


  • 54 total semester credits
  • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (24 sem. cr.)
  • Research in Education course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
  • One 3-day academic residency
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 9 semesters enrollment

Specialization Curriculum


Foundation Course (6 sem. cr.)


Applied Research Course (6 sem. cr.)


Research in Practice Course (6 sem. cr.)


Doctoral Study (12 sem. cr.)