Apr 19, 2021
This program has temporarily suspended admission effective Fall 2021 and plans to reopen for admission in Fall 2022
The Early Childhood track in the Education PhD program is designed to prepare highly competent doctoral-level professionals to assume leadership positions in teaching, research and service in the area of early childhood.
This track will prepare you with ways to apply your knowledge and skills to prepare you for your field.
The Early Childhood track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 69 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, 6 credit hours of independent study, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
Total Credit Hours Required: 69 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Required Courses: 45 Credit Hours
Core Courses: 24 Credit Hours
Specialization Courses: 15 Credit Hours
Required Internship: 6 Credit Hours
Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.
Please note that there may be variations in length of exam time and content based on the respective requirements of each track.
- Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
- Specialization—3-hour oral examination.
The dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a related field of study.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement.
- Writing sample.
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.