Total Minimum Hours:59 credit hours
Major Common Core 3 credit hours
EDG 7067Philosophies of Inquiry (3)
Research Methods & Tools (refer to the concentration for specific requirements)
Subspecialty within Concentration (Optional requirements in some Concentrations)
Cognate (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Interdisciplinary Focus (Optional requirement in some Concentrations)
Note: Effective Fall 2011, all concentrations must take EDG 7067 and may be used as a substitute for one of the courses in Psychological & Social Foundations for those concentrations requiring foundations courses.
Refer to the concentration area for specific dissertation requirements.
Doctoral Qualifying Examination
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, www.coedu.usf.edu, click on information; also consult Faculty Program contact).
Individual areas of concentration may have variations in the requirements. For information contact the department offering the major and specialization of interest. Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida State Department of Education program approval standards, and accreditation criteria.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (DNK)
Offered from the Department of Teaching and Learning
This concentration promotes scholarly and multidisciplinary inquiry that further empowers advanced graduate students through the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to assume roles as leaders, advocates, and scholars in the development and implementation of high quality and innovative early childhood practices. The major provides a sound theoretical background that is integrally linked to the practice of Early Childhood Education in a diverse, global community with an emphasis on child advocacy and social justice. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.
Total Major requirements with this concentration:66 hours minimum
Core Requirement: 3 hours minimum
EDG 7067 Philosophies of Inquiry(3)
Research Methods and Tools: 20 hours minimum
EDF 7408 Statistical Analysis Education II(4)
EDF 7410 Design of Systematic Studies in Education(4)
EDF 7437 Advanced Measurement or EDF 7484 Statistical Anal Education III or
equivalent course in Statistics/Measurement/Research Design(3)
EDF 7477 Qualitative Research in Education I or introductory equivalent selected(3-4)
In conjunction with major committee
EDF 7478 Qualitative Research in Education II or equivalent qualitative course
selected in conjunction with major committee(3-4)
Specialized Research Methods Course determined in conjunction with major
committee based on the students research agenda (3-4)
Concentration Requirements: 39 hours minimum
Required Concentration Courses (18 hours minimum)
EEC 7056 Leadership and Advocacy Concerning Issues Affecting Young Children(3)
EEC 7057 Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education(3)
EEC 7306 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood(3)
EEC 7416 Sociocultural Approaches to Working with Children and Families(3)
EEC 7317 ICT in the Early Years(3)
EEC 7627 Arts & Aesthetics in Early Childhood Ed: Curriculum in Context(3)
CELS Professional Development Courses (12 hours minimum)
EDG 7938 Adv Grad Seminar; Intro to Research in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies(3)
EDG 7939 Advanced Grad Seminar: Research in Progress(3)
EDH 7325 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies I(3)
EDH 7326 Supervised Teaching in Childhood Ed & Lit Studies II(3)
Cognate:9 hours minimum
The cognate can be described as a secondary concentration or sub-specialization area. Coursework must be taken at the graduate level, and is developed in consultation with the major professor and the doctoral committee. The coursework in the cognate is developed in support of the students research objectives.
Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Examination before admission to candidacy. (See current College of Education Graduate Handbook, http://www.usf.edu/education/main/gradhandbook/advhandbook/Adv_QualExam.html Also consult doctoral graduate major advisor).
Dissertation: 4 hours minimum