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Early Childhood Education (EdD)


Early Childhood Education (EdD)

Be the leader early childhood education needs

Through the Doctorate in Early Childhood Education program you’ll be ready to make an impact on the lives and educations of our youngest learners. This program will position you to transform your vision of learning into action and to influence policy issues in the field. The Early Childhood Education doctoral program is rooted in applied child development, guidelines set by professional and research organizations, curricular theory that embraces the notion of learner self-efficacy, inquiry-based curricula and partnerships with families.

You will complete two research and teaching internships prior to working on your dissertation.

All classes meet in the evening at the Lincoln Park Campus. The degree can be completed either part time or full time in two years.

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Connect with a city full of learners

The need for innovative approaches to early childhood education is on display throughout the Chicago area. In this program, you’ll interact with students from different ethnic backgrounds, economic levels and learning needs.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a writing sample and GRE scores.

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Required Courses

You’ll take seven core courses, five research courses, an elective and seven concentration courses, write a dissertation and complete two dissertation courses.

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Early Childhood EdD students complete two innovative research and teaching internships.

Innovation starts here

Professor Mojdeh Bayat is an internationally renowned expert in early childhood development and education. She designed a new approach to working with children to enhance their mental health called the Resilience-based Interaction Method (RIM): a teacher preparation model that addresses challenging behaviors and supports mental health.

Alumni Network

Your degree connects you to more than 16,000 fellow educators, most of whom live in the Chicago area. The College of Education offers a variety of alumni resources, such as professional development workshops, networking events, and continuing professional development unit (CPDU) opportunities.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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