Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Early Childhood
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Early Childhood Education within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct high-quality research on critical issues regarding the education of children ages birth through preadolescence. As early childhood and elementary education occurs in a range of contexts focused on educating children in all subject matters, students are encouraged to examine the field from multiple theoretical and research perspectives.

Faculty in this specialization are interested in: teaching and teacher education, teaching for social justice, curriculum, and learning. Our students explore the interrelationships between these areas as they play out in the everyday realities of classrooms.


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Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty. A complete listing of degree requirements is available  for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Carrie Lobman.