This degree is part of the Early Childhood Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum.

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.

Degree Requirements

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.


Admission Requirements

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

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)