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Video Presentations

The following video presentations can be used in teacher education courses to provide an introduction to edTPA.

edtpa overview
edtpa overview



Student Resource Website

The website linked below has been developed to provide candidates in the teacher education program detailed information about edTPA.

edtpa student resource website

Concentration Options

The ECE programs offers five concentrations:

  • Curriculum
  • Early Intervention / Young Children at Risk
  • Early Childhood and Diverse Populations
  • Literacy
  • Piagetian Studies


Why UAB?

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Courses and experiences are designed for the candidate to become confident and competent in not only reading and applying research, but in designing and implementing studies that guide the field. Complementing the research agenda is an expectation of scholarship (presenting and publishing) contributions to the early childhood field. Faculty mentoring and participation in "emerging scholar communities" help to complement master teachers with research and scholarship skills required at the Ph.D. level.

Teaching Experiences

Teaching Experiences

Candidates are provided opportunities to design, implement, analyze, and evaluate varied pedagogical approaches to early childhood education. As a significant proportion of the Ph.D. program is offered using face-to-face and online asynchronous technology, candidates may have the opportunity to develop skills in using and designing 'distance education' that continues to grow at a faster rate than traditional face-to-face education.

Service

Service

Through close interactions with, and mentoring from the ECE faculty, the ECE doctoral candidate is expected to learn about, develop a service agenda, and provide service through a variety of local, state, national, and international venues.

International Opportunities

International Opportunities

As multiple faculty have international backgrounds and experiences, opportunities present themselves to research and present with an international focus. Also many faculty have held leadership positions with the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and use these experiences to provide service and scholarship opportunities.

Urban Opportunities

Urban Opportunities

Collaborative opportunities with the UAB School of Education, Center for Urban Education allows Ph.D. candidates to focus scholarship activities on issues related to "quality education for socially and economically disenfranchised groups residing in urban areas".

Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center

Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center

The Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center (MMFLC) supports and disseminates research in literacy, provides professional development for teachers and students and creates innovative literacy projects, both locally and globally. Through the MMFLC, candidates have a unique opportunity to build their professional credentials by publishing research articles, presenting at professional development conferences and volunteering in literacy projects.



Coursework


  • Core Courses


    ECE 730 - Advanced Developmental Theory 3 hours
    ECE 731 – Children and Society 3 hours
    ECE 749 - Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum 3 hours
    One course from the following: ECE 735, ECE737, ECE 748 or other ECE doctoral classes at discretion of committee. 3 hours
    Total Credit Hours for Core Courses 12 hours
  • Concentration Area Courses


    Literacy
    Four courses: ECE 750, ECE 751, ECE 752, and ECE 774
    12 hours
    Curriculum
    Four courses: ECE 746, ECE 760 and two from ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, or ECE 745
    12 hours
    Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education
    Four courses from: ECE 738, ECE 740, ECE 748, ECE 760, ECE 792
    12 hours
    Piagetian Studies
    Four courses: ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, ECE 745E
    12 hours
    Early Childhood Teacher Leader
    Three courses (15 hrs) approved by the ECE doctoral faculty
    15 hours
    Total Credit Hours for Concentration Area Courses 12-15 hours
  • Research Methodology Courses


        
    EPR 696 – Qualitative Research 3 hours
    EPR 710 – Multivariate Research 3 hours
    6 hours of Qualitative Research courses from the following: EPR 792 or SOC 708, EPR 796 OR 6 hours of quantitative research courses from the following: EPR 695, EPR 792, HB 714, SOC 704, PY 727, BST 640, BST 661, BST 671, SOC 706 6 hours
    Total Credit Hours for Research Methodology 12 hours
  • Research Internship


    ECE 798 – 3 hours in first 18 hours of study 3
    ECE 798 – 3 hours in second 18 hours of study 3
    Total Credit Hours for Research Internships 6+ hours
  • Dissertation


    ECE 799 –  At least two semesters of dissertation hours 12 + hrs
    Total Credit Hours for Dissertation 6+ hours
    To move into dissertation hours (candidacy), the candidate must have:
    • Completion of the majority of PhD coursework
    • Approval of the dissertation proposal by your dissertation committee and approved by the Program Director and the Graduate School Dean
    • Successfully passed the written and oral defense
    • IRB approval of procedues for dissertation research
    • ECE 799 –  At least two semesters of dissertation hours with at least one semester of 6 ECE 799 credit hrs 12 + hrs
    ECE 798 – 3 hours in first 18 hours of study 3 ECE 798 – 3 hours in second 18 hours of study 3 Dissertation – 18-24 hours ECE 799 –  At least two semesters of dissertation hours 12 + hrs



Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants

The Early Childhood doctoral program is seeking full-time Graduate Teaching/Research Assistants to perform teaching-related or research-related assignments to benefit the Early Childhood Education faculty and program.

Position requires a full-time enrollment (9 hrs/semester, including summer which equals 27 hrs per year) as a doctoral Early Childhood Education student in good standing. Full-time UAB employees are not eligible for these funds.

The award also requires that you be available to work 20 hrs/week on assigned tasks.

Applications due by May 15.

Application for Graduate Assistantship Funding


Admission Requirements

  • If a Ph.D. applicant has completed most / all of the following coursework, they may enter the program and start their Ph.D. coursework the first semester. If applicants have not taken courswork similar to the courses listed below, then the applicant can be accepted into the program and is expected to complete the majority of the prerequisite coursework prior to taking doctoral level classes.

    • EPR 594 Introduction to Educational Research Design
    • EPR 596 Introduction to Qualitative Methods of Educational Research
    • EPR 608 Statistical Methods and Research in Education (with EPR 607 lab)
    • EPR 609 Statistical Methods and Research in Education: Intermediate
    • EEC 610 Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education
    • EEC 300 Child Development in Early Childhood Education
    • EEC 672 Piaget & Perspectives or ECE 630 Cognitive Curriculum
    • EEC 660 Readings in Teaching and Learning
    • Demonstrated Technology Proficiency

    Determination of whether the following coursework has been completed will be made by the program coordinator from a review of transcripts and conversation with the applicant.

  • The following indicators are considered by the Doctoral Program Admissions Committee when determining program admission:

    • Master's Degree in ECE (or related field) or an Education Specialist degree with prior experience in early childhood education settings. Applicants have been accepted into the program with backgrounds in ECE, elementary education, law, health and human services, maternal child health, etc.
    • Professional experience - preferred at least 3 years
    • Professional resume/CV
    • Writing assessment - statement of research interests and professional goals essay
    • MAT or GRE scores (score at 50th percentile or higher)
    • GPA (minimum of 3.25 on previous graduate work)
    • Three recommendations/letters of reference
    • Presentations at state, regional and national conferences
    • Publications
    • Professional involvement
    • Interview with faculty
  • Applying for admission begins with completing an online application through the UAB Graduate School.

    • Complete and submit online degree-seeking application for admission to the Graduate School
    • Submit professional resume/CV and statement of research interests and professional goals
    • Pay application fee online with credit card or debit card (mailing a check will severely delay the application process)
      • Domestic: fee for Ph.D. is waived
      • International: please check graduate school website for current fee
    • Ask the individuals from whom you request references to respond online to the form that they will receive via email from the Graduate School (NOTE: This form is sent automatically to your references by UAB as soon as you click submit on your degree-seeking application).
    • Request transcripts from all prior institutions to be sent to UAB including institutions where you might have taken only one course (information on how to do this is provided in Apply Yourself). The preferred email addresses for electronic submission of transcripts are as follows: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have international transcripts, you should send a copy and then bring the original transcript with you.
    • Submit official GRE or MAT test score.
    • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS test score (for international applicants only) NOTE: International applicants must also meet all requirements stipulated at https://www.uab.edu/students/international . This includes a mailing your Financial Affidavit of Support

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our program are prepared to take positions in a variety of roles. Careers include higher educational/post-secondary settings. Just within the United States, almost one third of all institutes of higher education (IHE) offer some type of early childhood training program. This translates to over 1300 IHE where the largest program within a college of school of education is early childhood education. Graduates also work with policy development at local, state, national, and international levels. Our graduates come from and work in a variety of countries that include Canada, Taiwan, China, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.


Early Childhood Faculty

Lois Christensen

Lois Christensen

James Ernest

James Ernest

Grade Jepkemboi

Grade Jepkemboi

Lynn Kirkland

Lynn Kirkland

Program Handbook

Download the program handbook to learn more about the Ph.D. program in Early Childhood Education.

Tuition & Fees

Learn about the costs associated with earning your degree.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Discover what scholarships and financial assistance are available.

Deadlines

Learn about when you need to submit your application materials.

Get Involved

See what student organizations are in the School of Education.


Have Questions? Contact Us.

James Ernest, Ph.D.
Program Advisor
By Phone: 205-934-8360
By E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Associate Dean Finalist Presentations

The search committee welcomes faculty and staff from across campus to attend the presentations by the finalist for the Associate Dean position.


Dr. Jeanelle Day

Monday, October 3
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
HHB 227
Resume available upon request. Please contact Dr. Lynn Kirkland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr. Katie Kinney

Monday, October 10
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
HHB 227
Resume available upon request. Please contact Dr. Lynn Kirkland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr. Courtney Bentley

Tuesday, October 11
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
EB 151
Resume available upon request. Please contact Dr. Lynn Kirkland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr. LaWanda Edwards

Wednesday, October 12 
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
HHB 227
Resume available upon request. Please contact Dr. Lynn Kirkland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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