Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Are you a candidate for Doctoral study?

Our program is designed for students with strong academic backgrounds and a dedication to the study of early childhood education. Doctoral students are expected to work both independently and in collaboration with faculty. They will pursue rigorous research agendas, publish in scholarly journals, and present widely at national conferences.

Criteria for Admission 

Application Process 

Admission Deadlines

Students are admitted into the program in the fall semester only. The deadline for applications is February 15.

Keep in mind that the admission process is time-consuming. The process begins online through the Graduate School and ends at the department level with the admission decision made by faculty. If you are interested in applying, please begin the process at least one year prior to admission because applications are not reviewed in the summer.

Students whose applications are received by December 15th of the preceding year will have the greatest opportunity for scholarships and fellowships. The deadlines for these awards are earlier than the final application deadline.