Early Childhood Education

For Those Passionate About Instilling a Love of Learning in Children

Help shape the future by making a difference in the education of young children through NCU’s early childhood education specialization. This specialization was designed to help you enhance your skills in scientific inquiry and leadership as you explore a broad spectrum of topics, such as growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. For those who want to be involved in shaping the leaders of tomorrow, as well as in coaching and guiding young children through their first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occurs, the early childhood education specialization is an ideal choice. As a graduate with this specialization, you can be prepared to pursue positions at public or private schools, daycare centers, kindergarten institutions or community colleges, in roles such as curriculum developer, manager or administrator, early childhood consultant and early childhood case manager. At NCU, you will be mentored by doctoral professors who help you learn to assess child development, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms and programs. You will be introduced to the critical development of partnerships between early childhood educators, families and communities and explore ways to create a positive learning environment that facilitates a child’s health and well-being, which is essential to early childhood education.

The NCU Difference

At Northcentral University, we understand that today's educators and administrators face new challenges every day and must commit to the lifelong pursuit of learning to keep up with the ever-changing educational landscape. NCU's School of Education helps prepare students to meet these challenges by providing stimulating, relevant and career-focused bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degree programs in education. NCU’s education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. Ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility, we use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in education, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“I was really nervous at first because of my busy lifestyle, managing all the children and new business. But anybody can do it. You can customize it to meet your lifestyle. Just make a goal and you can do it. You’ll figure it out. Sacrifice.” - Amanda Callaray, Master of Education (2016)

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
EDD 54 18 40 months View Course Catalog
EdS 33 11 18 months View Course Catalog
MED 30 10 15 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 9 months View Course Catalog
Post-Baccalaureate Cert 12 4 6 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge of educational theories, research, and diverse instructional practices.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions addressing current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Conduct educational research that contributes to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline.

Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes

  • Develop leadership skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Analyze educational theories and research supporting diverse instructional practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

Education Specialist Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups.
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.

Master of Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Examine educational issues to make informed, ethical decisions and recommendations in diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Apply professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educational diverse groups.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Investigate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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