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Early Childhood Education and Development, Ph.D.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is designed to allow the doctoral student to have a tailored curriculum with enough flexibility to meet the needs of individual candidates, while developing a strong developmental foundation in early childhood.
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Candidates immerse themselves in doctoral level experiences specially designed to focus on early childhood research, teaching, and service. 

Candidates concentrate on an emphasis or specialization area either Piagetian Theory, early childhood literacy, early childhood curriculum, early childhood teacher leadership, or early intervention/early childhood special education. 

Preparation focuses on the ability to successfully research and teach at the university level.

Research and Scholarship

Courses and experiences are designed for the candidate to become confident and competent in not only reading and applying research, but in designing and implementing studies that guide the field. 

Complementing the research agenda is an expectation of scholarship (presenting and publishing) contributions to the early childhood field. 

Faculty mentoring and participation in "emerging scholar communities" help to complement master teachers with research and scholarship skills required at the Ph.D. level.

Teaching Experiences

Candidates are provided opportunities to design, implement, analyze, and evaluate varied pedagogical approaches to early childhood education. 

As a significant proportion of the Ph.D. program is offered using online asynchronous technology, candidates have the opportunity to develop skills in using and designing 'distance education' that has in the past grown at a faster rate than traditional face-to-face education.


Through close interactions with, and mentoring from the ECE faculty, the ECE doctoral candidate is expected to learn about, develop a service agenda, and provide service through a variety of local, state, national, and international venues.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Issues in Developmental Theory
  • Children and Society
  • Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum
  • History of Early Childhood
  • Meaning and Development of Play
  • Parent, Child, School Interface
  • Research in Infancy
  • Directed Readings in Research

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Appropriate educational preparation from an accredited school of nursing and advanced specialty certification where available 

  • For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 900 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or at least the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States and eligibility for an Alabama license.

  • Completed Graduate School application and Statement of Purpose

  • Two-page writing sample outlining a potential scholarly project

  • Two letters of reference written on professional letterhead

  • Successful interview with a DNP faculty member

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