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As part of a great research university, our department offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty are internationally and nationally recognized providing expertise in their respective disciplines. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty contribute to the development of dynamic teachers and educational communities in a global society.

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The Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education is a minimum of 54 hours made up of core, specialty, research study, and dissertation hours


Credit Hrs

Core Classes – 12 credit hours

ECE 730 - Advanced Developmental Theory


ECE 731 - Dr. Sem II:  Children and Society


ECE 749 - Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum


One course from the following

ECE 735, ECE737, ECE 748, ECE 732 or other ECE doctoral classes at discretion of committee.



Specialty Area – 12 credit hours at 600 or 700 level

Literacy - Four courses: ECE 750, ECE 751, ECE 752, and ECE 774


OR Curriculum - Four courses:

                ECE 746, ECE 760

                and two from ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, or ECE 745



OR Early Intervention / Early Childhood Special Education – Four courses from:

                ECE 738, ECE 740, ECE 748, ECE 760, ECE 792


OR Piagetian Studies – Four courses: ECE 742, ECE 743, ECE 744, ECE 745


Or Early Childhood Teacher Leader – Three courses (15 hrs) approved by the ECE doctoral faculty


Research Methodology – 12+ credit hours at 600 or 700 level

EPR 696 – Qualitative Research


EPR 710 – Multivariate Research


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


Research Internship – 6+ credit hours

ECE 798 – 3 hours in first 18 hours of study


ECE 798 – 3 hours in second 18 hours of study


Dissertation – 12+ hours

ECE 799 –  At least two semesters of dissertation hours

12 + hrs