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College of Education


Advanced Instruction (M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D.)

Early Childhood Education, Ph.D.

A minimum of 90 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, the Ph.D. degree provides students with an ecological approach to studying young children from birth to age 8. Graduates are prepared to be researchers, teacher educators or leaders who serve as advocates for children and families.

Seminars become the staging area for professional conversation through readings, analysis, formulation of futuristic views, participation in curriculum decisions, professional associations, research projects and scholarly writing.

Application deadline

Applications are reviewed by the Advanced Programs Admission Committee as they are received from the Office of Student Services.

Admission requirements for The Graduate School

  • a baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • official transcripts
  • two or more letters of recommendation
  • application
  • application fee
  • English proficiency requirement*
  • other supporting materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For more information, please visit the International Applicants section on The Graduate School site.

** Many programs require personal statements, resumes, writing samples, audio files (recitals, auditions), art portfolios and/or licensure. Please consult your program for further requirements.

Program-specific admission requirements (in addition to above)

In addition to The Graduate School's application requirements, applicants must submit a letter of intent.

For more information about program-specific degree requirements and course work, please visit the academic bulletin.