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East Tennessee State University

Early Childhood Education, Ph.D.

Mostly Online Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Master of Arts, Master Teacher Concentration

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.



Program of Study

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.  

Early Childhood Education, Ph.D. Course Requirements


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.

Personal resume.

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.



Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094


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