DePaul University Catalog > Degree Requirements > Graduate > College of Education > Early Childhood Education (EdD) > Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

​​Students will be able to:

  • Critically research, analyze, and argue (orally and in writing) various theories about child development (e.g., genetics, epigenetics), using the most up-to-date research literature on the science of development, and identify their implications for early childhood education and social policy.
  • Effectively demonstrate (orally and in writing) an advocacy stance for children's well-being and that of their families, using the most up-to-date research on factors affecting development such as risk and resilience, culture, race, ethnicity, and language.
  • Critically examine and conduct program evaluations of curricula, instructional approaches, assessment, and other elements of early childhood programming in the service of information the design of early childhood programs that consider neurological development, families, culture, class, race, ethnicity, as well as educational and social program environments.
  • Create syllabi and demonstrate a high level of professional knowledge, competence, and communication skills in teaching about the field of early childhood education and care, applying critical knowledge of current research.
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct and compete quantitative and/or qualitative research studies (i.e., develop hypothesis and research questions, collect and analyze data, write results) focused upon the field of early childhood education.