Portland State University

Graduate School of Education

Early Childhood Education Specialization - Doctorate


PO Box 751


Portland, OR 97207

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.D. - Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Early Childhood Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The predominant theoretical basis of PSU's ECE specialization is constructivism, which is grounded in the work of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. We believe that children and teachers construct knowledge, alone and in collaboration, through interaction with the social and physical world. The issues of diversity and social justice that educators are faced with call for highly reflective and responsive teachers who have a deep understanding of development, curriculum and culture that is focused on the unique needs and issues of young children and their families. Our program is inspired by many different traditions and more recently has included pedagogy and exploration of the preprimary schools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy.  If enough students organize themselves, we facilitate study tour trips for credit and learning in this direction.


The Graduate School of Education at Portland State University offers the most comprehensive graduate education programs. We are accredited by NCATE.

International Student Requirements:

Must take 9 credits per term minimum. Must have original TOEFEL score (550 minimum or 213 for computer administered test)..

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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