Goals of the PhD Program:
These goals are achieved through a combination of course-work, internships and authentic experiences with research, development and teacher education.
- Understand the field of early childhood education in terms of research, curriculum, policy, teacher development and student learning.
- Develop, carry out and report independent research in some area of early childhood education.
- Become outstanding teachers/advisors of college students.
- Understand the role of service in the university setting.
This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.
To receive a PhD degree in early childhood education, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. This includes at least 18 hours of early childhood education core course and a minimum of 12 hours of research methodology.
You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:
A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.
How to Apply
- Unofficial transcript
- Personal Data Sheet
- Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- TOEFL scores (international students only)