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Early Childhood Education, PhD-ED

Childhood Education Specialization

If you’re passionate about instilling a love of learning and a solid foundation in children, our PhD in Early Childhood Education is for you. This 100% online specialization is designed to help you develop a rich understanding of early childhood education research, curriculum, and policy. It is competency-based and emphasizes research and teaching across a broad spectrum of topics, including childhood development, literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment and stakeholder partnerships. Graduates will be prepared to pursue leadership positions in schools, higher education organizations and research in various settings as concerns childhood education and development.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 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.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop deep knowledge of educational systems, theories, and research in an area of expertise
  • Interpret theories, research, and ideas for different audiences through multiple methods of communication
  • Integrate ethical principles and professional standards for a specific discipline within the field
  • Conduct autonomous or collaborative research using high-level analytical skills
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline within the field