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Department of Early Childhood Education

College of Education


Early Childhood Education PhD Admission Requirements

Applicants for the PhD in Early Childhood Education are evaluated once each year for admission in the fall semester. For fall consideration for financial support, the application must be received by March 15th. The program has a number of fellowships to support full-time doctoral students, and these are awarded on a competitive basis. Admission to the program has the same requirements as existing graduate school requirements plus additional specific requirements:

  • Application form
  • Application fee ($35 USA or $45 International) One official transcript from each institution attended (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Personal resume
  • Personal essay including a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of interest for a dissertation Official Graduate Record Examination
  • GRE scores taken within the past 5 years. Preferred scores are 50th percentile or higher
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood or a related field from a regionally accredited university
  • An interview by the admissions committee
  • Certification of English proficiency for International students. A minimum official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based), taken within the past two years; a score of 6.5 on the International English Testing System (IELTS); or have received a degree from an accredited US institution. 

If you are interested in gaining additional information about the program please email it to Dr. Pamela Evanshen at or Dr. Jane Broderick at

If you are interested in applying to the Graduate School please contact them at:

School of Graduate Studies
East Tennessee State University
309-B Burgin Dossett Hall
PO Box 70720
Johnson City, TN 37614-0720
Phone: (423) 439-4221
Fax (423) 439-5624

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