This emphasis of our educational theory and practice degree allows you to focus on the study of childhood, children, and formal and informal educational settings where children spend their time during the elementary grades.
Your scholarship will focus on diversity and equity, social justice education, critical literacies, social studies, science, family-school relationships, community-based teaching and learning, curriculum theory and practice, sociocultural and critical theories of schooling, local and international experiences of schooling, and becoming a responsive educator who meets the needs of traditionally marginalized students and families.
The program of study includes 43 hours of coursework, preliminary and comprehensive examinations, a dissertation prospectus, and a dissertation. Required coursework includes theory and research on teaching or research on teacher education, and seminars. You will also take at least four research methods courses, determined in consultation with your advisory committee. You are encouraged to take as many research methods courses as needed to accomplish your research.
Your dissertation research should be linked to the study of childhood, children, and/or formal and informal education settings where children spend their time during the elementary grades.
Of your coursework, 22 hours focus on your specific interests within the field of early childhood education and include a teaching internship, coursework related to your area of emphasis, and 12 credits of electives. Electives may be from within or outside the College, and might include courses in mathematics education, science education, language and literacy education, special education, women's studies, gifted and creative education, educational administration and policy, geography, anthropology, and philosophy.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Your experience begins with a doctoral orientation seminar that introduces foundational ideas, readings, and scholars in the field. We invite you to explore, read, think, collaborate, research, and share your ideas about educational theory and practice with researchers, teachers, and leaders in your area of emphasis.
The program is home to a mixture of full-time and part-time students. Most full-time students are supported through teaching and research assistantships. Most part-time students work on the PhD while continuing to work as teachers and administrators.
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