Auburn’s Ph.D. program in early childhood education prepares you for success in several career paths. Our graduates work as university faculty, curriculum supervisors, and leaders in early childhood education. Our program focuses on social constructivist theory and practice. Through coursework and faculty mentorship, you’ll develop knowledge and research skills for success. You’ll complete your degree with independent research resulting in your dissertation.

Ph.D. programs are not part of the Auburn University approved Educator Preparation Programs. The state of Alabama does not have certification/license at this level and therefore this degree is not eligible for reciprocity in other states.

Degree Overview

Coursework — 60 hours

  • Teaching field courses* — 30 to 45 hours

  • Specialized professional courses — 18 to 21 hours

  • Foundation of education courses — 9 hours

  • Research content courses — 18 to 21 hours

  • Exact programs of study are developed with your chair and faculty committee.

  • Masters or other graduate work may count toward total degree hours.

*Includes courses transferred from Master’s or Ed.S. Degree.

Research — 10 hours minimum

  • Work with major professor to choose research topic

  • Complete 10 hours of research and dissertation

View all course requirements

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 11/10/2023