The Ph.D. in education with a major in early childhood education is designed to prepare leaders for the field. The goals of the program are to develop and support leadership, research, and policy that will inform, support, and promote education for young children. Major areas of focus include early childhood development and educational theories, research, and policies, curricular and program approaches, literacy, cultural diversity, and transition to preschool and primary school classrooms.
The program provides preparation in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students also select a cognate in a complementary area including special education, reading, educational leadership and administration, counseling, curriculum, professional development or other academic areas.
Graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership, teaching, or research and policy positions in early childhood care and education settings, school systems, colleges and universities, early childhood organizations and government.
Oakland University is accredited as a doctoral degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
International Student Requirements:
International applicants requiring an I-20 for a visa must also submit additional documents, including an International Student Supplemental Application, financial documents, transcript evaluations, and proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB).