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Early Childhood Education (Education, Ph.D.)

Degree Level: Graduate
College: Education
Major : Education
Department: Communication Disorders & Special Education
Degree Earned: Doctor of Philosophy


  1. A completed master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited university.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master's degree and in the major area of study in the master's degree.
  3. A minimum of 1000 overall total score on the GRE and a minimum of 500 on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Prospective students must score a minimum of 4.5 on the analytical writing portion of the GRE.While these scores are minimums, other portions of the total application package will be strongly considered. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 600.
  4. Applicants must submit a 500 to 800-word statement of their academic and professional goals with an emphasis on how the Ph.D. degree in early childhood education will contribute to the achievement of the stated goals.
  5. Three letters of reference from sources capable of commenting on the applicant's readiness for advanced graduate study. At least two of these letters must be from a graduate instructor in a college or university.
  6. An interview with the Early Childhood Education Program Committee. This committee will also review applications for admission.
  7. Prior coursework is assumed in statistics, early childhood education and child development. If this assumption is not met, then additional coursework will be required.

Application Dates

Fall Spring Summer Financial Assistantship
Deadlines June 1 November 1 March 1
International April 15 October 1 February 1


Tests GRE
Recommendations 3
Essay 500-word essay that speaks of how your work and life experiences may influence your academic and professional goals. Interview with program director is also required.
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