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Overview

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.

Program Highlights

  1. Regularly ranked as a top 5 program by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Home to nationally recognized and award-winning faculty
  3. Work with faculty on cutting-edge education research
  4. Prepare to become a leader in education research and practice

Deadline to Apply

January 1 (summer/fall admission), October 1 (spring admission)

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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.

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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

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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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Requirements

  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program

Requirements

The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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