Early Childhood Education Doctorate

Program Objectives:

The Ed.D./Ph.D. program provides the opportunity for the 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. The program will enable candidates to:

  • Strengthen theoretical understandings of early childhood education
  • Increase knowledge of human growth and development, with emphasis on the young child
  • Strengthen expertise in the principles and practices of early childhood education
  • Develop skills in administration and organization of early childhood education programs
  • Increase awareness of support services to families of young children
  • Develop research and analysis skills that will further and support current knowledge in the field

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Track

Course Title
ECE 7010 Child Development and the Educational Process
ECE 7020 The Leadership/Supervision of Early Childhood Centers and Programs
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
ECE 7030 Trends, Issues, and Research in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7040 Cultural and Socioeconomic Influences Affecting Diverse Learners
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
ECE 7050 Models of Assessment
ECE 7060 Curriculum Models in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7070 Language, Literacy and Reading Instruction in Early Childhood Education
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
ECE 7080 Legal Issues in Early Childhood Education
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
ECE 7090 Family and Community Relationships and Advocacy
ECE 7110 Early Childhood Education Internship
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Ph.D. Track

Course Title
ECE 7010 Child Development and the Educational Process
ECE 7020 The Leadership/Supervision of Early Childhood Centers and Programs
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
ECE 7030 Trends, Issues, and Research in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7040 Cultural and Socioeconomic Influences Affecting Diverse Learners
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
ECE 7050 Models of Assessment
ECE 7060 Curriculum Models in Early Childhood Education
ECE 7070 Language, Literacy and Reading Instruction in Early Childhood Education
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
ECE 7080 Legal Issues in Early Childhood Education
EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
ECE 7090 Family and Community Relationships and Advocacy
ECE 7110 Early Childhood Education Internship
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7600
OR
RES 7620
OR
RES 7710
Survey Research
OR
Advanced Topics in Statistics
OR
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
RES 7900 Research Design
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

* Students must register for DISS 8000 repeatedly (as needed) to maintain continuous enrollment until program completion.

Capstone Experience:

There are two elements of the capstone experience in the Doctoral program

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Defense

Tuition Guarantee:

Tuition for the online Doctoral programs is $730 per credit hour for Spring 2017. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of your enrollment in the program as long as students remain continuously enrolled. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3-credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning.

Please contact the Graduate Information Office for document deadlines.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application and $50 Application Fee
  • Objective statement (include educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing doctoral work at CUC)
  • Documentation of 2 years of teaching and administrative leadership experience (resume, copy of teaching and principal/administrative certificate)
  • Proof of master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.00
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the applicant’s potential for doctoral study
  • Original, official transcripts from all colleges and universities where degrees were earned
  • Official scores from either the GRE or the MAT within the past three years
  • Writing Sample

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Executive Director of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services and the Doctoral Admission Committee.
  2. At the committee’s discretion, you may be invited to participate in an interview with the Faculty Doctoral Committee. Applicants who are not considered for the interview process will be notified.
  3. Once an admission decision has been reached, you will be notified personally and in writing within a few days.

Admission to the Doctoral programs depends on several factors, including your cumulative Grade Point Average, program fit, letters of recommendation, professional experience, test scores, and writing abilities.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter and a graduate catalog upon receipt of your application and non-refundable $50.00 application fee. If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 877-282-4422
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Important Contact Information:

Graduate Information Office solena@graduateprogram.org 877-453-0380
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 866-204-1882
Financial Assistance Office   877-266-7331

GRE / MAT Information

All candidates for the Doctor of Education programs must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as a part of the application process.

MAT: For more information about the MAT (registration and study guides), contact the Psychological Corporation at 800-622-3231 or visit their website at www.milleranalogies.com. The MAT is 60 minutes in length and is offered in both computerized and paper-and-pencil formats. The online Candidate Information Bulletin lists different locations. You will need to call each location for their testing schedule. The cost for this test varies. Scores are available in about three weeks from the test date. Concordia’s score recipient code for the MAT is 2024.

GRE: For information about the GRE General test, visit the website at www.gre.org or call 609-771-7670. Registration information is available at 800-GRE-CALL. The GRE is administered via computer at various locations in the area, and requires about 3.5 hours to complete. Practice exams and other information about the test are available on the website. The fee for the GRE is $130. Unofficial scores are available to the examinee at the conclusion of the test; official scores are reported in about two weeks. Concordia’s score recipient code for the GRE is R1140.