Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes
The Inclusive Early Childhood Education PhD prepares candidates to be faculty members, researchers and leaders at the forefront of change in the areas of early childhood education, early childhood special education, and early childhood multilingual education. Our program focuses on preparing scholars, researchers and future teacher educators to support child-centered early childhood education that is committed to educating children across races, ethnicities, abilities and languages.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver
Our program helps to prepare scholars to define problems and conduct research that informs programs and policies aimed at promoting child- and family-centered early childhood education, with a focus on educating children across races, ethnicities, abilities and languages. To do so, we ground our coursework in multiple theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.
The core course rotation begins every fall. Students complete a plan of study that includes 48 semester credits of coursework and 27 semester credits of dissertation. PhD coursework is intensive and substantive, requiring significant writing, analysis, and critique of theory and professional literature. All students in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program take 12-credits in foundational courses, 3-credits in professional seminars, 18-credits in research methods courses, and 15-credits in concentration area courses. Students also complete a research apprenticeship and higher education teaching practicum or equivalent experience.
The curriculum includes a combination of on-campus, hybrid, remote, and online courses each semester.
Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.
Scholarships to offset the cost of tuition may be available for first-year students. Students work with their advisors to identify additional funding possibilities available through external scholarships, internships, funded grant projects, teaching assistant opportunities and/or a mix thereof. Student funding support varies based on funding streams. Students can also elect to self-pay and thus, self-support.
Recommended Completion Time:4 to 6 years
Required Credits for Completion:75 Credits
We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and understand the differences between the PhD and EdD in Inclusive ECE prior to submitting an application. We require interested PhD applicants in Inclusive ECE to contact one or more of the faculty associated with this concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.
As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.
For more information, email Cristina Gillanders.
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