The Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies and the Special Education Program in the College of Education offer doctoral leadership preparation for scholars who are interested in becoming experts in early childhood studies, special education, implementation science, and research and evaluation methodology.


Preparing Leaders in Early Childhood Studies and Implementation Science (PLECSIS)

98172354Building on the synergy in early childhood studies with UF’s 5th-ranked Ph.D. program in Special Education, guidance is facilitated by highly productive core faculty in the Anita Zucker Center. Through ongoing Institute of Education Sciences research projects, related state and federal training and technical assistance activities, PLECSIS doctoral students engage in a variety of unique research, training, and applied experiences necessary to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders and scholars in the field.

The PLECSIS program of studies includes coursework, seminars and mentoring using an apprenticeship approach, and situated community-based leadership experiences to promote the development of doctoral students’ expertise in early childhood studies and implementation science.

Doctoral students eligible to enroll in PLECSIS must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, attend full time, and adhere to the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education and implemented by the Personnel Development Program Data Collection Center.

Visit the UF College of Education, Special Education website to learn more about the Ph.D. in Special Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Studies.