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PhD in Education - Early Childhood Leadership & Advocacy

Students interested in preparing for administrative or research roles in education might want to consider Walden University's online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy. Learn more about Walden University's PhD program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in Walden University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy program should have leadership, research, writing, and communication skills as well as an interest in early childhood advocacy. Doctoral program applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The curriculum for Walden's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy program is intended to teach students how to be leaders in early childhood and support changes that meet the needs of children and families. Students have the opportunity to use academic research to evaluate programs and identify practices that contribute to problems in early childhood education. Students may learn to communicate professionally and responsibly with children and communities as well as promote positive outcomes in the early childhood field. They also have the chance to apply skills learned through a face-to-face residency program. Students may study subjects like child development in the critical early years, early childhood advocacy, and language and literacy from birth to age 8.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

102 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy program requires students to complete a doctoral writing assessment upon admission. Students must also complete five credits in foundation courses, 30 credits in specialized courses, and 20 credits in research courses. In addition, four PhD residencies, 11 credits in doctoral preparation courses, and the doctoral capstone course need to be completed to fulfill degree requirements. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (5 credits)

  • Students must take one of the following courses:
    • Leading the Future of Education
    • Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Child Development in the Critical Early Years
  • The Language/Literacy Continuum From Birth Through Age 8
  • Meaningful Learning Experiences in Supportive Environments
  • Evaluating and Leading Effective Early Childhood Programs
  • Early Childhood Advocacy, Policy Development, and Positive Social Change
  • Early Childhood Research Methodology

Doctoral Support Courses (11 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus

Core Research Courses (15 credits)

  • The following course must be completed before Residency 2:
    • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • The following courses must be completed before Residency 3 or beginning the dissertation:
    • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Research Course (5 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses upon approval of the prospectus:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Dissertation

Residency Requirement (16 Units)

  • Students must complete 4 PhD residencies:
    • PhD Residency

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy program could prepare graduates to exhibit the advanced leadership skills and effective communication skills needed to support positive change in the world of early childhood. Graduates could meet the needs of diverse children and families in settings like not-for-profits, schools, healthcare organizations, and social service agencies. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • School principal
  • Lecturer
  • Director of education
  • Research director
  • Education professor

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