Doctor of Education / Early Childhood Education
Walden University

Program Details

With a focus from prenatal development through age 8, the Early Childhood Education specialization of this online Doctor of Education degree prepares students to create positive outcomes for young children and their families. Students will be able to conduct their own research project with the goal of improving the situation of children, families, and the early childhood field.

The curriculum explores the complex range of influences that affect child development and learning, such as family, culture, society, and development. Courses in this online Early Childhood Education degree program examine current research on topics including child development, family partnerships, assessment, effective practices, leadership, and advocacy. Students will discuss the quality of real-world early childhood programs and policies and create strategies to improve outcomes for young children.

Graduates can pursue career paths including:

  • Early childhood teacher
  • Teacher educator
  • Researcher
  • Policy maker


Students will be required to attend one face-to-face residency.

  • Must have a master's degree or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island