Early Childhood Education (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral Degrees

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The Ph.D. degree in early childhood education is designed for those who aspire to teach and conduct research at the college or university level.


College of Education
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101
Phone: 706/542-6446

Academic Department

Educational Theory and Practice
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7177
Phone: 706/542-4244


Graduate Coordinator

Kyunghwa Lee


The Ph.D. program of study consists of a minimum of 16 courses beyond previous graduate coursework, along with doctoral seminar, dissertation, and other research hours. The program of study is not simply a list of courses to be completed but a comprehensive set of experiences that the student designs with the support of the major professor and advisory committee. The dissertation is expected to be a unique contribution to the scholarly literature. The doctoral program requires more than 3 years of intensive study and research. A number of doctoral students work as graduate assistants, which gives them opportunities to develop their college teaching and research skills. In addition to becoming college or university faculty, graduates of the program sometimes take leadership positions in school districts, government agencies, or other educational organizations. Entrance requirements are: (a) a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum 3.00 GPA; (b) a Master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.50 GPA; (c) a GRE score of 1000 or higher (with a minimum score of 450 on the verbal and quantitative subtests); and (d) three years of teaching experience with young children. International applicants must submit a combined IBT TOEFL of at least 80 (a minimum of 20 on the speak and write), or a CBT minimum score of 213, or a paper-based minimum score of 550. Application deadlines for U.S. applicants are: March 1 to begin in the Summer or Fall Semesters, and October 1 to begin in Spring Semester. International students should plan to apply two months earlier than these deadlines.



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