At Fielding, you can earn your PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development within 4-6 years by completing the following requirements:
New Student Orientation (NSO)
Newly accepted students are required to attend a new student orientation. This multi-day orientation is the only residency requirement. NSOs are held in various locations throughout the United States. At the NSO, you will work closely with faculty to assess your academic readiness, identify your research and personal skills, and familiarize yourself with Fielding’s learning model.
In collaboration with faculty
, you will develop a learning plan that weaves your academic accomplishments with your personal, professional, and academic goals. This learning plan becomes a living document that you and your faculty review regularly. Your individualized learning plan becomes your personal map as you explore the best ways to reach your dissertation destination.
The doctoral curriculum
brings together knowledge from all the disciplines that contributes to your understanding of early childhood mental health, developmental disorders, and parental and family socio-emotional functioning. Coursework focuses on the way different facets of development, including normative and disordered patterns, relate to one another and can be understood as part of an integrated, dynamic developmental framework.
Intervention Courses are coordinated with the academic curriculum, allowing you to apply concepts acquired through courses and receive feedback from faculty who have relevant research expertise.
This doctoral program requires the completion of a dissertation. We encourage students to focus on infancy and early childhood mental health and/or developmental disabilities. With approval, students may investigate a research topic with children of other ages.
Our learning model incorporates a deep understanding of the principles of adult learning. It is designed to accommodate the needs and learning styles of active professionals.
Customize Your Learning Plan
Our approach incorporates academic rigor, research, and critical thinking with online learning tools and face-to-face interaction. Every step in the PhD program provides you with the background, understanding, and ideas you need to shape your dissertation. With faculty guidance, you develop a custom learning plan to study your unique interests. Through project-based learning and action research you learn how to help solve real-world problems using doctoral-level competencies.
Engage in Facilitated Independent Study
You are encouraged to exercise initiative in proposing a program of study and selecting a combination of study strategies that work best for you. Faculty members integrate leading-edge technology to facilitate and assess your learning, and provide support as you build an e-portfolio for career advancement.
Build on Your Existing Knowledge and Experience
While you must demonstrate competence in all specified components of the curriculum, you build on existing strengths and gain exposure to less familiar areas. You are encouraged to participate in communities of practice where you can apply what you learn in a real-world setting.
Collaborate with Faculty
Our strong mentorship model encourages collegial learning. You collaborate with faculty who advise, mentor, and evaluate your work based on doctoral-level standards. They are active partners in your success.
Work How and When it’s Best for You
You pursue your degree in ways that best fit with your career and family responsibilities. Our online network allows a wide range of formal and informal learning activities including seminars, discussion forums, library services, and communication tools. Face-to-face options include:
- Cluster Meetings - Regional groups meet to collaborate, share work and ideas, and build community within the program. The activities vary and can include guest lecturers and seminars. A virtual cluster serves students who live too far from a regional cluster to attend on a regular basis.
- Regional Research Intensives - Weekend sessions scheduled several times per year provide students with the opportunity to gain increased knowledge regarding research design and process.
- National Sessions - Every summer, the community meets for a week-long session designed to move students forward in their learning plan and dissertation research. Sessions also enhance networking opportunities. Students, alumni, and faculty attend workshops, hold dissertation committee meetings, and participate in a variety of informal learning activities.
$24,285/year or $8,095/trimester term
Tuition is reduced by 30% once a student reaches the stage of advancement to doctoral candidacy
. The degree is designed to take four-six years to complete. This tuition rate is established for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 terms.
Application Fee: $75
Attend an Information Session to learn more about the program and receive an application fee waiver.
Other Costs to Consider
You will likely need to purchase books, supplies, and computer software during your time as a student. This expense varies depending on the status of your current computer, the accessibility and stature of local libraries, and your personal needs. We estimate that the average student spends $1,500/year for this category
You are required to attend the New Student Orientation at the beginning of your first term. You are also encouraged to attend the National Session each year, and most students choose to do so. Your costs for attending session will include the session registration fee, transportation, accommodations, and meals. Also, you may choose to travel to other face-to-face events, such as cluster meetings, regional research intensives, meetings with faculty, or to other locations to support your scholarly work. This expense varies depending on location, number of events attended, and personal travel preferences. We estimate that the average student spends $3,300/year on transportation for academic purposes.
Additional Considerations for Calculating Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office provides an annual cost of education (or cost of attendance) budget for each of the financial aid eligible academic programs. This budget is used to calculate need eligibility for certain federal student aid and scholarship funds. The budget also provides a cap for maximum allowable aid.
In addition to the costs listed above, the budget includes standard estimates of $1,700/month for room/board, and $150/month for personal expenses. Federal loan origination fees are also budgeted per regulation. Significant cost increases due to individual circumstances, such as disabilities, dependent care, or computer purchase may be considered on an individual basis.
*All tuition and fees of Fielding Graduate University are subject to change. See the Tuition, Fee Changes and Guarantees Policy
for further details.