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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, Ph.D.

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Fiona Goodyear;; 423-439-6148

Amy Malkus, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator, Master’s Program

516 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(423) 439-7856

Pamela Evanshen, Ed.D., Interim Chair

303 Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
(423) 439-7694


Jane Broderick; Pamela Evanshen; Lissy Gloeckler; Kim Hale; Rebecca Isbell; Amy Malkus, Kathryn Sharp.

Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education

Pamela Evanshen, Ed.D., Graduate Coordinator, Ph.D. Program

301B Warf-Pickel Hall
Box 70548
Ph. (423) 439-7694, FAX (423) 439-7790


Jane Broderick; Pamela Evanshen; Lissy Gloeckler; Kim Hale; Rebecca Isbell; Amy Malkus; Kathryn Sharp.

Admission Requirements: Applications to the Ph.D. in Early Childhood program are evaluated once each year for admission in the fall semester. All application information must be received by March 15th for a student to be considered for admission. Students will be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission to the Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education program has the same requirements as existing graduate school requirements plus additional specific requirements (in italics):

  1. Application fee.
  2. Application form.
  3. One official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work.
  4. Personal resume.
  5. A personal essay that includes a written statement of career and educational goals, professional experience, and area of interest for the dissertation.
  6. Submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past 5 years, except for those with a prior doctoral degree from an accredited institution within the United States. The preferred scores are 50th percentile or higher for verbal and quantitative sections.
  7. Four letters of recommendation.
  8. Master’s Degree in Early Childhood or a related field from an accredited university.
  9. An interview by members of the admission committee, when warranted.

Graduation Requirements: Completion of the Ph.D. in Early Childhood includes all of the following:

  1. A minimum of 69 semester credit hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of a required research apprenticeship and at least one of the additional apprenticeship options (university teaching, development of teachers, early intervention, or early childhood leadership).
  4. Passing the doctoral comprehensive candidacy written and oral examinations.
  5. Passing the preliminary oral examination, dissertation prospectus defense.
  6. Completion of a dissertation of publishable quality.
  7. Passing the final dissertation defense.

A student in the Early Childhood Ph.D. program shall have seven calendar years from the date of initial registration to complete and successfully defend a dissertation. All students must have Institutional Review Board approval by ETSU.

Total Major Field Core Hours: 12 Credit Hours

Total Specialization Hours: 15 Credit Hours


The three collateral courses must be taken in the same academic area, as determined by the student and doctoral advisor.

Total Elective Hours: 9 Credit Hours

Total Apprenticeship Hours: 3-6 Credit Hours

Total Research Hours: 30 Credit Hours

Total for Ph.D. Degree: 69-72 Credit Hours

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