Doctorate Degrees in Early Childhood Education

Compare 3 PhD Programs in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

A PhD is a degree that some students pursue after completing their bachelor’s and master’s programs. In order to achieve a PhD, students must conduct original research and present it in a dissertation. Some institutions may also require students to complete courses before beginning their dissertations.

What is a PhD in Early Childhood Education? A doctoral degree in education gives students the opportunity to take their interest in childhood learning beyond the classroom. Potential areas for research include the role of primary education in developmental psychology, children’s literature and the way it affects pre-adolescent learning capability, or ways to integrate physical education into increasingly technology-dependent classrooms. Coursework could help doctoral students with their research and writing skills as well as introduce them to major issues in elementary education.

Students who have earned a PhD in this field may find that their knowledge of complex issues in primary education makes them more suited for positions related to school administration. The research and writing skills developed from writing a dissertation can be carried over into other careers and areas of life. The pedagogical aspect of the doctoral program gives students insight into classroom trends.

PhD programs may take several years to complete, and the prices differ depending on the institution students choose. Communicating with the university directly offers an idea of how much the program will cost.

With this degree, students may be able to pursue careers as education consultants for school districts or policy makers, administrators at the top of schools’ hierarchies, or as researchers in early childhood pedagogy. Many students who earn their PhD choose to become professors. They may be able to directly supervise early education programs and apply their dissertation research to real-world curriculum. They may be able to train teachers, or work with non-profit organizations that handle the education of underprivileged youth.

PhD programs in early childhood education may be available near you, in a new and exciting location, or online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Research training in pedagogical resources and learning processes in kindergarten and school

University College of Southeast Norway
Campus Full time Part time January 2019 Norway Drammen Rauland Hønefoss Porsgrunn Bø i Telemark Kongsberg Horten + 6 more

USN offers a Ph.D. in Research training in pedagogical resources and learning processes in kindergarten and school. The program was accredited in autumn 2012. [+]

Ph.D. in Research training in pedagogical resources and learning processes in kindergarten and school

USN offers a Ph.D. in Research training in pedagogical resources and learning processes in kindergarten and school. The program was accredited in autumn 2012.

The program shall:

Be at the forefront of knowledge on national and international research on pedagogical resources and their meaning for learning processes and outcomes in kindergarten, school, and teacher education Contribute to the development of theory and knowledge relevant to professional practice in kindergartens and schools Contribute to the analysis, development, and reform of established practices in the pedagogical field ... [-]

Online EdD/PhD in Leadership: Early Childhood Education Specialization

Concordia University Chicago - Online Degree Programs
Online Full time August 2019 USA River Forest

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment. [+]

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment.

The degree is built upon the candidate’s prior work in the field. The program provides a theoretical and practical framework for advanced work and leadership in the field of early childhood with an emphasis on current research.

The EdD/ Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for current and future leaders in the field to extend knowledge in early childhood education and develop understandings of current and future issues in the field. These opportunities are organized into coursework, practical experiences in the field and research.... [-]


EdD/PhD in Leadership: Early Childhood Education Specialization

Concordia University Chicago
Online Campus Full time July 2019 USA Chicago River Forest + 1 more

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment. [+]

The Concordia University Chicago doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in early childhood education focuses on the preparation of confident and competent leaders who can provide the voice for young children and who will dedicate themselves to ensuring all young children have access to equitable, appropriate and quality opportunities for care and learning at every age and in every environment.

The degree is built upon the candidate’s prior work in the field. The program provides a theoretical and practical framework for advanced work and leadership in the field of early childhood with an emphasis on current research.

The EdD/ Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for current and future leaders in the field to extend knowledge in early childhood education and develop understandings of current and future issues in the field. These opportunities are organized into coursework, practical experiences in the field and research.... [-]