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Early Childhood and Elementary Education, 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.


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.

To this end, SoE programs are committed to the following four themes:


Programs within the School of Education focus on preparing candidates who can support the development of students from early childhood through high school as well as adult learners.


Programs within the School of Education support the professional growth and differentiation of teachers, counselors, and administrators as they progress from novice to expert in knowledge, skills, and dispositions.


Programs within the School of Education consider inquiry and active reflection to be critical processes in the development of all learners including students, candidates, and faculty.


Programs within the School of Education are based on professional standards and prepare candidates to base their professional practice on standards as well.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • 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
  • 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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