Graduating Students



The Division for Early Childhood Consortium for Innovations in Doctoral Excellence (DECIDE), 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. Higher education faculty, researchers, and policy/advocacy members of DECIDE can have a role in the preparation of doctoral students as a contributor to DECIDE. 

DECIDE seeks to engage higher education faculty, researchers, policymakers, and early childhood special education advocates 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 and students work together to help shape the future of the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE).

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.

  • Identify and capitalize on opportunities for doctoral students to engage in research with members of DEC who have a research focus.


DECIDE Monthly Writing Groups

Interested in virtually gathering with fellow graduate students/faculty members within DECIDE to work on preparing a manuscript for publication? This is an optional academic writing experience in which we will gather together in a collegial and supportive environment to buckle down and simply write, write, write.

Monthly Writing Groups

First Fridays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

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November 4th, 2022

December 2nd, 2022

DECIDE 2022-2023 Webinar Series and Monthly Meetings

First Tuesdays of the month, 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

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December 6th, 2022

January 3rd, 2023

February 7th, 2023

March 7th, 2023

April 4th, 2023 

May 2nd, 2023

DECIDE Monthly Webinars 2022-23