What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 63 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1
  • Summer: January 15
  • Spring: October 1

Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Ph.D.

Our early childhood and elementary education program will prepare you to be researchers and teacher educators in areas such as applied research, curriculum development, teacher education, literacy/digital literacy, multicultural education, science education, math education and more.

Our doctorate degree prepares you to move into various roles and content areas in the early childhood and elementary education fields.

You will learn to be active scholars informed in the historical, political, developmental and theoretical paradigms that shape education in today’s rapidly changing world. Through coursework, research and teaching apprenticeships and individual mentoring, you can become inquisitive researchers and reflective teacher educators equipped to affect the lives of children, their families and the larger society.

Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Ph.D.

Our early childhood and elementary education program will prepare you to be researchers and teacher educators in areas such as applied research, curriculum development, teacher education, literacy/digital literacy, multicultural education, science education, math education and more.

Our doctorate degree prepares you to move into various roles and content areas in the early childhood and elementary education fields.

You will learn to be active scholars informed in the historical, political, developmental and theoretical paradigms that shape education in today’s rapidly changing world. Through coursework, research and teaching apprenticeships and individual mentoring, you can become inquisitive researchers and reflective teacher educators equipped to affect the lives of children, their families and the larger society.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 63 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: May 1
  • Summer: January 15
  • Spring: October 1

Program Highlights

Ideal Applicants

  • Want to understand children in society and their development
  • Think with theories regarding educational practices and issues
  • Interested in conducting research that adds to what’s known and possible in education
  • Enjoy developing future teachers and teacher educators
  • Want to promote scholarly advocacy that benefits children and families

No single theory or research approach can solve the complex issues that affect children in a rapidly changing world. We believe collaborative, comprehensive research and scholarship are our most powerful tools for investigating and answering questions about children’s learning and education.

Our diverse faculty has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation. Interweaving theory, research and practice, we inquire about how children’s learning is shaped by educational inequities across race, gender, (dis)ability and social class; educational globalization; community, home and school connections; culturally responsive pedagogy; urban education; and curricular and technological innovations.

We leverage this expertise to advocate for children’s learning in multiple contexts.

Careers

Graduates can begin careers as researchers and teacher educators at the university level, educators with nonprofit organizations and government entities concerned with children’s learning and development or advocates for children and families.

Program Details

Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Terri Holbrook
tholbrook@gsu.edu
404-413-8244

Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ecemail@gsu.edu
404-413-8020

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.