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DECIDE, the Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence, strives to enhance the quality of doctoral education for DEC’s future leaders through the use of innovative approaches to learning. Doctoral student members of DECIDE are from disciplines related to early childhood intervention and special education. For a doctoral student to benefit from DECIDE, he or she must be a DEC member or have a faculty advisor who is a DEC member.


DECIDE seeks to engage early childhood special education leaders and current doctoral students in a reciprocal relationship that provides doctoral students with support and mentorship while offering participating leaders in the field an opportunity to collaborate with future leaders, thereby creating a meaningful community of practice. Together, professionals (e.g., faculty, researchers, policymakers, early childhood special education advocates) and students work together to help shape the future of the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education.

Currently, DECIDE student members are working together to:

  • Participate in webinars hosted by DECIDE on topics of interest to the students.

  • Have the opportunity to take doctoral-level courses specific to early childhood special education via distance learning at universities represented among DECIDE faculty.

  • Meet face-to-face at regional gatherings as well as the annual DEC conference.

  • Obtain “virtual internships” that offer preparation for leadership positions in the EI/ECSE community.

Interested in participating in other endeavors with DECIDE? 

The sky’s the limit if we can work together to support high-quality learning experiences for DEC’s future leaders!


Interested in joining?

Please take a quick membership survey here: https://kent.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ewU8OE3VqprhFLT


Interested in finding out more about DECIDE?

Please contact Laura McCorkle, DECIDE Leader, lmccork3@uncc.edu.