Dec 09, 2021
Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)
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.
At the end of this program, graduates are able to:
- 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.
- Assess the role of sociocultural contexts, diversity, and human relationships in influencing the development of young children.
- Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
- Critically evaluate existing research in areas related to the early childhood field such as area of child development or early childhood education.
- Apply self-reflection to evaluate and ensure professional growth as advocates and leaders who promote positive social change in the field of early childhood.
- Evaluate existing systems of early care, education, and work to improve outcomes for young children and their families.
- 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.
- Demonstrate the appropriate use of research methods through the process of producing a research project.
- 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
- Minimum 9 semesters enrollment
Foundation Course (6 sem. cr.)
Applied Research Course (6 sem. cr.)
Core Courses (24 sem. cr.)
Research in Practice Course (6 sem. cr.)
Doctoral Study (12 sem. cr.)
*Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course.