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2022 Best Early Childhood Education Doctor's Degree Schools

6 Colleges in the United States
23 Doctor's Degrees
Early Childhood Education isn't the most popular doctorate program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #384 in popularity out of 815 majors in the country. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

College Factual looked at 6 colleges and universities when compiling its 2022 Best Early Childhood Education Doctor's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 23 doctor's degrees in early childhood education during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Early Childhood Education School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Early Childhood Education Doctor's Degree Schools Your choice of early childhood education for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality child development program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to early childhood education students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of early childhood education students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized early childhood education related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for early childhood education students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The child development school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Early Childhood Education Doctor's Degree Schools.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Early Childhood Education in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for early childhood education students seeking a a doctor's degree.

Top Schools for a Doctorate in Child development

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

Teachers College at Columbia University is a great decision for students interested in a doctor's degree in early childhood education. Located in the large city of New York, Teachers College is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from Teachers College at Columbia University

#2

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

DePaul University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in early childhood education. Located in the city of Chicago, DePaul is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from DePaul University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in early childhood education has to check out University of Alabama at Birmingham. Located in the midsize city of Birmingham, UAB is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from University of Alabama at Birmingham

#4

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in early childhood education needs to look into Concordia University, Chicago. Concordia University, Chicago is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of River Forest.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from Concordia University, Chicago

#5

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Oakland is a large public university located in the large suburb of Rochester Hills.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from Oakland University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Johnson City, ETSU is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University

Early Childhood Education by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 11 majors within the Teacher Education Grade Specific area of study, Early Childhood Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Adult & Continuing Education 125
Teacher Development & Methodology 101
Teacher Education 94
Elementary Education 34
Kindergarten/Preschool Education & Teaching 12
Secondary Education 10
College/Postsecondary/University Teaching 1

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Vgrigas. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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