Ph.D. Concentration


What can I do with a Ph.D. degree?

USF's doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction prepares individuals who aspire to become university professors at major research universities. Graduates of our program acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assume roles as leaders, advocates, and scholars in the development and implementation of high quality and innovative early childhood education practices.

How long will completing the Ph.D. program take?

The program may be completed in 3 to 8 years, depending on the student’s full-time or part-time status. See Program of study page for more information.

Are any of the courses offered online or taught on the St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee campuses?

The doctoral program is offered on USF's Tampa campus. There is the possibility of taking a few foundations courses online; however, all of the early childhood courses are delivered in person. Through these courses and the residency experience, doctoral students are apprenticed into research and academia. See our Advising page for more information.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition rates are constantly changing. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the registrar’s website. See Cost and Commitment page for more information.

Are there scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. The university and the College of Education, as well as many independent organizations, offer scholarships and fellowships. Within the Department of Teaching and Learning, we offer doctoral student assistantships (graduate assistantships). Graduate assistants teach courses within the early childhood and elementary education programs. These students receive tuition waivers and a yearly stipend. See Cost & Commitment page for more information.

What qualifications are required to enter the Ph.D. program?

See our Admission Requirements for more information.

When should I apply?

Learn more about the university's priority admissions deadlines here

What happens after I apply?

See Admission Requirements page for full details.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

For questions regarding the program content and objectives, contact:

Dr. Ilene Berson
Early Childhood Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Phone: (813) 974-7698
Mail Point: USF Tampa campus EDU 202
Office Location: 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 202, Tampa, FL 33620

For questions regarding admissions and registration, contact:

Todd Williams
Academic Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 974-8351
Mail Point: USF Tampa campus EDU 105