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.
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.
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.
Tuition rates are constantly changing. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the registrar’s website. See Cost and Commitment page for more information.
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.
See our Admission Requirements for more information.
Learn more about the university's priority admissions deadlines here.
See Admission Requirements page for full details.
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:
Academic Program Specialist
Phone: (813) 974-8351
Mail Point: USF Tampa campus EDU 105