Ed.D. Early Childhood Education Overview

This program is not enrolling at this time.
Program Description

The Ed.D. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education is designed for teachers in Pre-K through fifth grade who have already completed an M.Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education or a related field and wish to become experts in their field. This program of study provides the skills necessary to synthesize theory and practice through further examination of theoretically-based curriculum development, understanding of global education issues, and inquiry into making education equitable, democratic, humane, and socially just.

Program of Study

Education and Research Core (27 hours)
EDUC 8100: Advanced Study of Learning 
EDUC 8300: Critical Multicultural and Global Education
INED 8760: Curriculum Development for English Learners and Students w/Exceptionalities
EDUC 8150: Critical Analysis of Educational Policies & Change
EDUC 8705: Seminar in Formative Assessment for Learning 
EDRS 8100: Qualitative Research I 
EDRS 8200: Quantitative Research I 
EDRS 9000: Research Seminar: Conceptual Frameworks and Research Design

Choose 1
EDRS 9100: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 
EDRS 9200: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

Major (24 hours) 
ECE 8150: Technology Enriched Curriculum 
ECE 8100: Philosophical and Educational Foundations 
ECE 8170: Classroom Community for Maximized Learning
ECE 8180: Diversity in the Elementary Setting 
ECE 9220: Curriculum Development and Assessment 
ECE 9150: Critical Literacy Education for Elementary Teachers
ECE 9160: Trends and Issues in Elementary STEM Education
ECE 9170: Trends and Issues in Elementary Social Studies Education 

Guided Electives (6 hours) – Recommended 
ECE 9100: Cognitive Processes and Educational Practice
ECE 9130: Critical Analysis of Instruction and Learning
(Candidates may select from any 7000, 8000, or 9000 level courses approved by an advisor)

Dissertation (9 hours)
ECE 9900: Dissertation

TOTAL 66 – 75 hours

Students are awarded the ED.S. after completion of 30-33 hours. Students possessing an Ed.S. in another field who wish to enter the Ed.D. program may transfer in up to 21 hours of prior coursework to the degree.

Admission Requirements
  1. An earned master’s degree in professional education or a related field;
  2. A clear and renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or departmentally-approved equivalent.
  3. At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience or both in P-12 education (current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred);
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.
What Needs to be Submitted
  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent.
  4. Complete and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect at least three years of teaching experience.
  5.  Complete and submit a Professional Reflections Statement.
  6. Submit a copy of official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Services.
  7. Submit a copy of the Transfer Credit Request Form if applicable.
  8. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770 499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/international_admissions.shtml.
How do I Apply
  1. Complete the On-line Graduate Application
    Please note that GRE is an admission requirement for this program. The application above is general to all graduate programs, some of which do require GRE. This program is not one of them.
  2. Obtain and submit official transcripts from EACH college attended, including those institutions where degrees were NOT earned. Official transcripts are those in a university sealed envelope. Your transcripts should reflect at least a Bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Obtain and submit a copy of your Georgia Teaching Certificate or a departmentally-approved equivalent. To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto www.gapsc.com. The Department of IT recognizes and appreciates that many independent schools and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification.  In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator's qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
  4. This should be from a current administrator, Instructional Lead Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, media specialist, teacher, etc. at the building or district levels with instructional technology knowledge and experience.
    (form provided above).  
  5. Obtain and submit a Professional Resume documenting education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, ONE year of teaching experience.
  6. International Applicants Only: Please contact 770-499-3002 for all international admission requirements related to your citizenship or visa status OR link to the Graduate International Admissions page: http://www.kennesaw.edu/graduate/admissions/onlineapplication.shtml
Deadline

This program is not enrolling at this time.

Contact Us

For more information please call Graduate Programs in Education (770) 423-6043 or Email us at GradEd@kennesaw.edu