The Ph.D. in Child Development and Early Education prepares students for advanced career opportunities in child care administration, child and family advocacy, early childhood intervention, public policy, research, and higher education. Students may choose a focus area in either Child Development or Early Childhood Education.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Critically consume research literature.
- Academic/scholarly writing skills.
- Quantitative and qualitative research skills.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours (SCH) above the bachelor’s degree, including 6 SCH for dissertation. 30 of the 90 SCH must be research courses. Consult with advisor for approved research courses.
No grade below B is accepted towards any graduate degree in the Department of Human Development, Family Studies, and Counseling (HDFSC). If more than one grade below B is earned while enrolled in any HDFSC graduate program, the student will be dismissed from the program and will be ineligible to re-enroll in any program within the department for a period of 8 years.
Students must submit a degree plan which follows the degree requirements listed below. The degree plan should be developed in collaboration with the student's advisor and committee, and it should be filed after the student has completed 18 SCH of course work.
The Department of HDFSC requires students to complete 12 SCH of research tools. The department has a list of courses that meet the research tool requirement, and these courses are part of the degree requirements listed below. They are also included in the 30 SCH of research focused course work required by the Graduate School.
The Department of HDFSC administers a qualifying exam for each student prior to admission to candidacy. The student must complete the required research tools before being eligible to take the exam. Students must take the qualifying exam in their last or second-to-last semester of course work. In no case may a student be excused from the qualifying exam, and students may not register for dissertation hours (HDFS 6983/ECE 6983 and HDFS 6993/ECE 6993) until they have successfully passed the exam and have been admitted to candidacy. The qualifying exam may only be repeated once. Students who fail two attempts at the qualifying exam will be dismissed from the program.
Dissertation and Final Examination
All students are required to complete a dissertation. Upon completion, the student will participate in an oral defense of the dissertation and the research upon which it is based. The student's advisory committee will determine the outcome of the exam. The final examination may only be repeated one time.
|The following courses or equivalencies|
|Child Growth and Development in Early Childhood|
or HDFS 5003
|Lifespan Human Development|
|Theories of Child Development|
|Theories of the Family|
or ECE 5213
|Curriculum Development in Early Childhood|
|Statistics for Family Sciences|
|Research Methods in Family Sciences|
|Child Development and Early Education Core|
|HDFS 6513||Language and Cognitive Development in Young Children||3|
|ECE 6653||Seminar in Developmental Theory||3|
|ECE 6673||Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Education||3|
|HDFS 6923||Research in Family Sciences||3|
|or ECE 6923||Research in Early Childhood Education|
|Department Doctoral Core|
|HDFS 6003||Advanced Study of the Lifespan||3|
|HDFS 6403||Theory Building in Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6443||Research and Issues in Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6693||Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6193||Advanced Statistics for Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6203||Frameworks and Ethics for Qualitative Research in Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6793||Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences||3|
|HDFS 6893||Multivariate Statistics||3|
|or ECE 6983||Dissertation|
|or ECE 6993||Dissertation|
|Select One of the Following Specializations||12|
|Child Development Specialization|
|The Development of Infants and Toddlers|
|Adolescent Development Within the Family|
|Play, Development, and the Young Learner|
|Early Childhood Education Specialization|
|Social and Cultural Dimensions of Early Language Development|
|Foundations of Early Childhood Education|
Select 2 from the following:
|Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood|
|Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) in Early Childhood Education|
|Brain-Based Learning for the Young Child|
|Select two of the following||6|
|Academic Life and Scholarship|
|Effective College Teaching Methods|
|Grants Writing in Family Sciences|
|Dyadic and Longitudinal Analyses with Structural Equation Modeling|
|Practicum in Family Sciences (with consent of advisor)|