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phd icon Early Childhood and Elementary Education Ph.D.

The Ph.D. major in Early Childhood and Elementary Education prepares scholars to function as a researcher and teacher educator in a variety of roles including basic and applied research, curriculum development, and teacher education.

Most of our graduates become educational researchers and teacher educators in universities and colleges. 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, in and out of school.

Students may receive the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement through the doctoral program. To apply for the endorsement, students should complete the online application here. Once students complete the endorsement, they should also submit an endorsement completion form here.

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

Program Contact

Teri Holbrook, program coordinator
Questions should be directed to

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
May 1 (Priority deadline of Jan. 15 for fellowship eligibility) October 15 January 15

Application Requirements

  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. Verbal, quantitative and analytical subtests required — see below "Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines" for more information).
  • Two letters of recommendation, goals statement, resume, writing sample and interview.
  • Undergrad GPA of 3.30

Visit our graduate admissions page to learn how to apply


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An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.