An Influence for Eternity: Early Childhood Education Doctoral Specialization

In the words of American historian and journalist Henry Adams, "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” This may be especially true for teachers of young children, who first instill the magic and excitement of learning in their pupils. Thanks to government initiatives and additional research in the field, early childhood education is expected to experience a 12 percent job growth through 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Before a teacher can formally educate others, however, he or she must educate themselves. While Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are often required to enter the field, earning a Doctorate in Early Childhood Education can give Students the option of pursuing a career in additional areas, such as school administration or teaching at the collegiate level. Many Students pursue a Doctorate while already holding a teaching position, bringing a valuable combination of work experience and higher education to the marketplace after graduation.

The importance of earning advanced credentials in the field of Early Childhood Education is growing due to the needs of today’s school systems, says Dr. Dennis Lessard, PhD and Dean of Northcentral University’s School of Education. For example, a specialization in Early Childhood Education prepares educators to assist special needs children in entering the conventional educational system. "There is a whole set of teachers with advanced degrees who work with young children to be the best they can be as early as possible,” said Lessard. "It takes some special education and certain courses to get these children into an educational mainstream from an early age. This is one of the highest needs in the school system today.”

Students can focus a Doctoral degree on a number of specializations through Northcentral University’s School of Education. Under the leadership of Dean Lessard, the programs provide Students with a complete understanding of the research process and immediately begin preparing them to complete a dissertation. Many of the specializations are research driven, with a focus on providing a firm foundation of theories related to the study of early childhood education.

Through the school’s specialization in Early Childhood Education, Students gain an overview of theories and applications in American society for educating the young child. Courses also examine learning processes for children pre-kindergarten age through grade three, including the unique requirements of exceptional needs children. Graduates are prepared to create developmentally appropriate lesson plans, execute strategies to enhance literacy and language development, and implement programs that involve families and communities in early childhood educational programs.

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