EdD/PhD, Leadership, Early Childhood Education Specialization

Study Format Online, On Campus

This doctoral program is offerred 100% online and through cohorts on campus.

Program Length 61-67 credits*

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Curriculum

Doctoral Specialization: Early Childhood Education

Child Development and the Educational Process

Candidates will examine current research in child development and its relationship to early childhood educational process and practice. The course explores the impact of growth and behavior in the areas of intellectual, social, physical, emotional, creative, and spiritual development of young children as well as the latest in brain research as it relates to cognitive development and well-being of children from culturally, linguistically and economically diverse backgrounds.

The Leadership/Supervision of Early Childhood Centers and Programs

This course is an in-depth exploration of the issues and concerns of the leadership and supervision in diverse early childhood settings. Candidates will gain experiences in models and theories of administration and supervisions, public relations, advocacy, marketing, management styles and skills, team building, best practices of organization operations and management, as well as standards and compliance.

Trends, Issues, and Research in Early Childhood Education

Examination of current research, trends and issues in the early education of children with emphasis on interpreting and applying research data to principles and practices of early childhood education locally, nationally and internationally. Candidates will explore social, political and legal issues that influence the education of young children and best practices appropriate for all learners.

Cultural and Socioeconomic Influences Affecting Diverse Learners

Examination of the relationship between theory, research, and practice of characteristics and potential factors impacting child care and education of young children. Candidates will examine current research on culturally, economically, socially, gender and linguistically diverse learners. Investigation of a wide range of materials, instructional approaches to early childhood, assessments and technology‐based practices evaluated through the aforementioned lenses.

Models of Assessment

A study of a variety of types of assessments used for program evaluation, curriculum design, and young children’s learning and development is the focus of this course. Selection, administration, analysis, and interpretation of formal and informal individual, program, and personnel assessments currently available to early childhood professionals will be an integral part of the course.

Curriculum Models in Early Childhood Education

This course explores research and practices of a variety of curriculum models. Current trends toward data driven instruction, and evidence-based curriculum development will be examined. Focus on effective and appropriate curriculum planning and instructional practices across all content areas will be explored.

Language, Literacy, and Reading Instruction in Early Childhood Education

This course examines the research, theory, and best practices related to cognition, language, and literacy in early education. Candidates will explore the importance of early experiences in reading and writing as well as the quality of instruction and adult-child interactions as a means to create successful learners.

Legal Issues in Early Childhood Education

A study of the historical and current legal trends and issues involving legislation and policy in early childhood education will be the focus of this course. Candidates will explore roles of social advocacy, development of advocacy skills, and collaboration and consultation with other professionals and staff in early childhood education. The course addresses the understanding and responsibilities of early childhood professionals on record keeping, identification and mandated reporting, safety practices, and communication of legal issues.

Family and Community Relationships and Advocacy

This course explores the research and practices surrounding the relationships between families, communities, early childhood professionals, and policy makers in providing appropriate early child care, education, and funding. In-depth study, analysis, and discussion of strategies for developing culturally appropriate family-professional partnerships will be explored. Students will address the advocacy needs, opportunities and practices necessary to build dialogue with all early childhood stakeholders as a spokesperson for young children.

Early Childhood Education Internship

Candidates will participate in a structured internship in the field of early childhood education. Supervised field experiences and opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge about early childhood education and related employment opportunities will be designed to link university course work to real world situations.

 

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (PhD only) 

This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only) 

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions.  

Organizational Change

Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.

Policy Analysis

Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.

Select one:

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

Leadership: Politics, Power and Applied Ethics

In this course students will examine the ethical dilemmas of leadership, the foundations and context of moral choice and the moral implications of decision making. In doing so, the purpose is to make visible the ethical challenges and decision criteria facing leaders, the role of politics and power in organizations and the leader’s ability to promote and infuse organizational ethics and integrity into the culture.

 

Research and Statistics for the EdD, Practitioner Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Select two:

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data.  Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Methods of Action Research Inquiry

Principles and application of action research planning, implementation and reflection in educational environments.  Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individual approaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools and/or organizations.

 

Research and Statistics for the PhD, Researcher Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data; including data coding and entry of data.  Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics, using both non-parametric and initial parametric techniques.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Select two:

Mixed Methods Research

This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.

Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Prepares students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.

Advanced Topics in Statistics

An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis, and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis. Prerequisite: Quantitative Research or Quantitative Analysis.

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

 

Early Childhood Education Electives (Optional)

Edu-Entreprenerial Skills, Tools and Techniques

This course is designed to build a theoretical and practical knowledge base through skills, tools, and techniques needed to increase effectiveness and expand opportunities within early childhood leadership. Practical, relevant, and designed content around key industry standards and business practices in the areas of marketing, grant writing, record keeping, legal structures, for both nonprofit and for-profit program design will be included.

Moral, Ethical, Spiritual Formation in Early Childhood Education

This course explores the development of moral, ethical, and spiritual formation in the life of young children. Candidates will research theory, and best practices related to church and agency programs, faith-based curriculum and creativity.

Instructional Models and Delivery System for Early Childhood Education

Candidates will explore the research and theories of instructional models and delivery systems as they relate to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers.

 

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision

 

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