Early Childhood Education

Doctorate Degree - Instıtute Of Socıal Scıences

General Information

The program started accepting students in 2007-2008. In the program, there are 2 professors, 4 associate professors, 2 research assistant with PhD and 4 research assistants.

Length of Programme & Number of Credits

4 Year - 240 ECTS

Feature & Definition

Pre-school education doctoral program offers many elective courses related to the field of interest that students can choose in accordance with their individual interests in addition to compulsory courses on scientific research and statistics. It is mandatory to present a seminar at least once during the program.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Head of Department


ECTS / Course Catalog Coordinator


Erasmus Coordinator


Internship Coordinator


Orientation Staff



The aim of the graduate program is to educate specialists who will develop scientific knowledge in preschool education, child development and teacher training, create solutions to problems in the field of education and to carry out scientific activities in order to improve the quality and quality of educational practices.


The aim of this program is to train researchers in the field of Pre-School Education.

Specific Admission Requirements

In order to graduate from this programme, the students are required to successfully complete all the courses with a minimum average grade point of 3.00 out of 4.00 and defend the dissertaion succesfully. .

Qualification Awarded

Those who graduate with a doctoral degree in this field receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education

Level of Qualification


Qualification Requirements of Graduation

The total duration can be at least 8 and at most 12 semesters. The course period is at least 4 semesters and at most 6 semesters. At least 14 credit courses/42 credits (maximum 15 credits can be taken in one semester (excluding UAD and seminar)). Seminar course must be taken in addition. GPA ≥ 3.00. Students who fail to fulfill these requirements at the end of maximum 6 semesters are dismissed. Those who complete the course phase must take the qualifying exam at the end of the fourth semester at the earliest and the seventh semester at the latest. After the qualifying exam, a Thesis Monitoring Committee (TİK) is formed within 1 month at the latest. The student must defend his/her thesis proposal in front of the TİK within 6 months at the latest. The thesis phase begins with the acceptance of the thesis proposal by the Graduate School Board of Directors. The thesis cannot be completed in less than 4 semesters. In order to pass the defense, in addition to other conditions, at least three TİK reports must be submitted (Even if three TİK reports are submitted, the student who does not pass the defense continues to submit TİK reports). At least 300 ECTS must be taken in total. The advisor must find the thesis defensible. During the doctorate / proficiency in art education, there must be at least one research article published in journals that are not considered predatory / shady in accordance with the decision taken by the General Assembly of Higher Education within the scope of SSCI, SCI, SCI-Expanded or AHCI, or in journals within the scope of the field index determined by the Presidency of ÜAK, or in journals included in the ULAKBİM TR index journal list, in the field of study.

Access to Further Studies

The students who have successfully completed their doctoral studies may continue their studies as a lecturer in the related departments of the universities or they can carry out post-doctoral studies in accordance with the provision of appropriate conditions in some universities abroad.



Applied Course

There are no courses based on practice in this program.

Work Placement

There is no workplace training in this program.

Double Major, Additional Major & Exchange Possibilities

Phd Program is offered the opportunity to do ERASMUS and ERASMUS + Internship Exchange Program to graduate students

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program with a doctoral degree will be specialized in early childhood development, education, research and pre-school education and can work as lecturers in the relevant departments of universities.