LEadership Doctoral Programs

Early Childhood Education Specialization

In-Person or Online 63 - 69 credits * 4 years

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$476/mo

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Program Overview

The Concordia University Chicago Leadership Ed.D/Ph.D program 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. This specialization is designed to provide candidates with a strong background in research, theory, issues, policies, advocacy and practical experiences in early childhood.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of all coursework and dissertation requirements, candidates will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the following:

  • Leadership and advocacy skills in early childhood education that will support the ongoing development of the field.
  • An understanding of the methodology and appropriate practices, and problems in public and private early childhood programs with an emphasis on communicating new knowledge and skills within the field and to policy makers and business leaders who collaborate with early childhood professionals in effecting positive change.
  • Application of child development of early childhood education to current practice and research.
  • Analysis of contemporary early education issues across the country with the goal of identifying research and advocacy needs in the field that will lead to ongoing solutions and best practices.
  • Rich experience in ongoing educational research that will further the development and maturation of early childhood education as an important educational field.
  • Synthesis of early childhood curriculum, teaching and pedagogy into effective teacher leadership across the range of early childhood policy and practice.
  • Design and implementation of appropriate strategies for improved teaching and leadership practice that will then be communicated to the next generation of early childhood professionals through teacher education, advocacy and policy development.
  • Development of professional habits and sense of responsibility for reflective practice, providing a model for that reflection to colleagues and community and society.

Throughout the program, candidates will be required to reflect on their beliefs and practices as they relate to early education. That reflection will emphasize the development of competency and servant leadership within the context of integrity and Christian values.

Career Outcomes

The focus of this program is to prepare early childhood professionals to assume leadership roles in three major areas:

  • Higher education (including teaching, service, and research)
    Leadership and administration of organizations
  • Policy, advocacy and politics
  • Recent graduates of the program have become early childhood leaders in universities, multi-site programs, educational planning, and governance and management.

The course work provides the opportunity to receive a high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies needed throughout the candidate’s professional career as an accomplished early childhood educator, administrator, researcher, policy and advocacy specialist or other leadership roles.

Areas of Study

Ed.D. Track

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

Ph.D. Track

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