Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Specialization in Curriculum Studies (Early Childhood Education Focus)

Early Childhood Education

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

Specialization in Curriculum Studies

Early Childhood Education Focus

This program is designed for students who wish to: be professors who will prepare early childhood professionals; conduct research on issues impacting policy and practice; and/or work for an agency, institution, or organization that focusses on young children and families.

You'll work closely with faculty to become familiar with scholarship in the field, undertake mentored and independent research, and become part of the wider community of scholars.

The program emphasizes quality care and education across diverse cultures and contexts for birth to age 8; curriculum leadership; the value of play; and early childhood teacher education.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Jan 15
    Spring Sep 15
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores
      • Resume (international students only)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

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Research Areas:
Professional well-being; teacher beliefs and practices across cultures and contexts; infant toddler care and education
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