Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
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Gain new perspectives on education and become a leader in research and pedagogy.
UNT's Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies develops educational leaders, researchers, and facilitators of social change for children, their families and their teachers and caregivers. Research and scholarship are created to increase equity, social justice and life opportunities for young people. Graduates prepare for diverse teaching, research and administrative responsibilities.

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Why Earn a Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D.?

The Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at the University of North Texas is a research-intensive program.

Our faculty members have a wide range of interests in their specialization areas. Their research interests span from curriculum integration to technology to language and literacy issues, all across a diverse range of grade levels and populations.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

Marketable Skills
  • Lead learning organizations
  • Use theory, research, best practices
  • Engage community for social justice
  • Develop organizational agendas promoting success
  • Manage resources/services promoting success

Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D. Highlights

Receive a firm grounding in educational theory, pedagogical practice and research methodology.
Engage in educational efforts focused on social justice and equity.
Develop research agendas to pursue your professional career.
Prepare to be a leader in research and pedagogy.
Gain an integrative perspective on education.

What Can You do With a Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D.?

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction prepares graduates for careers as scholars, researchers or teacher educators in higher education or to hold research-oriented leadership positions.

Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction Studies Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Culture, Identity and Education (3 hrs)
Examination of conceptions of culture and notions of multiculturalism, interculturalism and transculturalism in education. Attention is on related concepts, especially social identity, and on the conduct of research in various sociocultural contexts.
Theoretical Foundations for Educational Studies (3 hrs)
Theoretical perspectives of major importance in educational studies today. Attention is given to the contexts in which the theories have developed, to the major claims that are made and to the means by which the claims are supported.
Current Readings and Research in Early Childhood Studies (3 hrs)
Critical readings of historical and current research in early childhood studies. Contributes to students’ roles as professionals in the field by involving students in determination of research application to practice. Students lead discussions on self-directed readings.
Contemporary Critical Issues in Early Childhood Studies (3 hrs)
Examines contemporary critical issues influencing early childhood studies and public policy affecting young children. Issues include contemporary discourses, societal institutions, educational supports, and cultures/families/communities as well as societal and educational equity.
Advocacy/Activism in Early Childhood Studies (3 hrs)
Critically examines the rationale, political agendas, evidence perspectives, and program and policy issues involved in early childhood initiatives and service systems. Readings and discussions focus on the ways that emerging policies and programs strengthen or inhibit supports for young children.
Traditions of Inquiry (3 hrs)
History, theoretical assumptions and methodological issues associated with major traditions of inquiry in educational studies.

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