Education Specialist in Early Childhood Education
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Education Specialist (EdS) program emphasizes an applied, project based approach to development of appreciable improvements in the body of educational practice. The EdS attracts individuals who are primarily professionals either at the K-12 level or the higher education level (i.e., enrollment managers, superintendents, principals, teacher leaders, and education faculty who primarily teach – not do research, educational consultants, trainers in organizations). The EdS capstone focuses on solving a problem in the workplace or in the professional field of education and results in a "product" or solution. This degree is also intended to help students increase their own workplace Leadership Skills.

The Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood Education at Northcentral University allows you to explore a broad spectrum of topics as you increase your understanding of research and theory related to the study of education in early childhood. You will advance your skills in scientific inquiry and leadership through applied research and program evaluation. You will also have the opportunity to study such topics as growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. 

As an EdS graduate in Early Childhood Education, you will be prepared to pursue various positions in education, such as early childhood consultant, childhood development specialist, or as a policy and development professional. The EdS degree program can also prepare you for doctoral studies in Early Childhood Education should you desire to pursue further education.


  • Admission to the Education Specialist program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.