Early Childhood Education PhD Programs

Do you want to be a lead teacher, principal, assistant principal or a senior administrator in an elementary or pre-school learning environment? Or perhaps an early childhood education curriculum developer, or education program director? An early childhood education PhD program prepares you for jobs in education and administration related to children from birth to age 8. To do this, the program includes courses in child psychology, parenting, and early childhood instruction and learning strategies.

Early childhood educationPhD programs can prepare you for leadership positions in preschool through fifth grade (K-5) settings. This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study these programs. You may also wish to explore the elementary education programs. Note that in order to undertake a PhD, you will need to possess a relevant masters degree.

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