PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis in Early Childhood
Admission to the Doctoral Programs in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis Areas in Early Childhood or Special Education)
Individuals applying for admission to doctoral study must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies as well as specific program requirements.
- A minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, using a 4.0 scale, on all previous graduate academic work with a completed master's degree.
- Acceptable GRE scores with 50 percentile or higher preferred (taken within the last five years).
- Evidence in prerequisite academic work that the applicant can successfully complete the doctoral program in the area of study.
- An autobiographical sketch that describes why the applicant wishes to pursue the selected doctoral program. This sketch also should include information on previous study, educational experience, professional accomplishments, immediate and future professional goals, a proposed time schedule for completing the degree, and any other information that the applicant believes is relevant for admission into the desired program.
- Evidence of research and writing ability. Such evidence may include a master’s thesis, proctored writing sample, a written research report, one or more reprints of publications, a paper presented to a professional society, or similar evidence of competence in this respect.
- Evidence of successful teaching experience is preferred.
Requirements for Doctoral Programs in Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis in Early Childhood or Special Education)
A minimum of 60 hours beyond the master's degree is required. Each doctoral student is expected to:
- Identify a concentration in an area of specialization (i.e., a major) and pass a written examination (major examination);
- Demonstrate proficiency in tools of research;
- After passing the written major examination, pass an oral examination that covers the relevant coursework;
- Present a dissertation proposal;
- Present and defend a completed dissertation in a public forum.
Academic Advising Committee
The student is assigned a initial advisor upon admission to a program. This advisor guides the student in forming a doctoral program committee.
The doctoral program committee is to be formed before the student completes 18 hours of credit. The doctoral program committee has a minimum of three members who are selected from the membership of the graduate faculty of the University. The doctoral program committee is responsible for assisting the student in the development of a plan of study and assuring competence by overseeing the doctoral major exam and doctoral program orals.
The plan of study must be approved by the doctoral program committee, the department chairperson, and the Associate Dean of the college. The plan of study must be filed before 18 semester hours of the doctoral program are completed. After completion of the academic requirements, the student must form a dissertation committee to guide the development of the dissertation.
The dissertation committee must include a minimum of four graduate faculty members including one who is not in the discipline major. The members of the dissertation often include members from the doctoral program committee. The student must work closely with the committee to develop a research proposal for the dissertation. Once the committee approves the research design, the student must obtain Institutional Research Board approval before beginning the research study. A public defense of the dissertation is required.
All coursework and requirements for the doctoral degree should be completed in the seven year period immediately preceding the awarding of the degree.