Ph.D. Early Childhood
Mostly Online Doctorate of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education Program
The mostly online PhD program in Early Childhood Education will develop scholars and leaders in the field of early childhood. The program is guided by the conceptual framework of the Clemmer College, at East Tennessee State University, and the principles of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Department of Early Childhood Education believes that students and faculty are reflective partners actively engaged in a continual learning process to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be teachers, researchers, professionals, and leaders in early care and education.
"Mostly Online" means that all coursework will be completed online with one required intensive session on campus per semester.
This mostly online degree program requires completion of a minimum of 69 semester credit hours. Students have seven calendar years from the date of initial registration to complete and successfully defend a dissertation.
Credits to complete this program: 69-72 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$601 per credit hour||$751 per credit hour||$1442 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
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ETSU School of Graduate Studies Admission Requirements
These standards and materials are required of all applicants regardless of program. Individual program requirements are additional to the following:
A master's degree in Early Childhood or a related field from an accredited university.
Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years, except for those with a prior doctoral degree from an accredited institution within the United States. Preferred scores are 50th percentile or higher for verbal and quantitative scores.
Four letters of recommendation.
A completed graduate application form and non-refundable application fee.
One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work.
An interview by members of the admission committee, when warranted.
Degree Specific Requirements
Individuals seeking admission to the Early Childhood Education, Ph.D. must first meet general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. In addition, the following specific admission criteria apply:
A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of interest in the dissertation.
Steps to Apply
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Doctorate," term, then choose Ph.D. Early Childhood and complete the remainder of the form.