Early Childhood Education, EdS

Early Childhood Education Specialization

If you want to be involved with shaping the leaders of tomorrow, NCU’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Early Childhood Education is an excellent choice. This specialization allows you to explore a broad spectrum of topics as you increase your understanding of research and theory related to the study of education in early childhood. Under the guidance of your professors, you will advance your skills through applied research and program evaluation. Topics such as growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships are also studied. Early Childhood Education graduates typically secure positions as early childhood consultants, childhood development specialists, or as policy and development professionals. This specialization also prepares you for doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education.
Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
EdS 33 11 18 months View Course Catalog
*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.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
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, receiving personalized mentoring.

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.

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