PhD Programme in Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy

PhD Programme:  Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Educational and Scientific Degree: Doctor
Scientific Major: 1.2. Pedagogy
Mode of Study:  full-time; part-time; individual

Programme Profile: : 

The mastering and application of the best practices in the field of Pedagogy at the beginning of the 21st century confirmed the need for an in-depth scientific study of its problems at pre-school and primary school stage.

The PhD Programme in Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy (Scientific Major: 1.2. Pedagogy)  is aimed at responding to the needs of the dynamically changing educational environment, the education policy and teacher training, the educational services provided and the opportunities for the realization of highly qualified specialists in the region and the country, as well as  the harmonization of the Bulgarian education with the European educational practices.

The relevance of the programme is determined by its main focus - a study of the processes and phenomena which occur in the contemporary educational reality and are caused by the dynamics of the development of the social, ethnic, religious, professional, cultural, group and personal environment.

All current issues, facing society and civilisation in general, have their social and pedagogical projections and Pedagogy explores the different aspects and seeks solutions. The different aspects require an in-depth study of the processes and mechanisms that determine the successful personal and professional realization of children and adolescents in the context of the educational reality.
The innovative and up-to-date PhD  Programme in Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy is determined by the need for a scientific approach to the current pedagogical, social and psychological aspects of the education policies, the specific characteristics of the pre-school child and the pupil in primary school, related to their individuality, didactic profile and abilities, as well as creating innovative models for organising a learning environment and pedagogical interaction, oriented towards the preparation for personal and professional realization.


PhD Graduates Competences:
The process of training and research aims at preparing the PhD students to prove both their personal and professional competence with regard to:
Self-research studies in the theory and practice of pedagogy, education and human development(group and personal);
Research and implementation of activities in institutions and organisations through introducing the results of their own research in the organisation and management;
Research and teaching at universities in subjects from professional field 1.2 Pedagogy;
Management in the field of education for positions that require the appropriate qualifications;
Expert activities for positions that require the appropriate qualifications and the need to solve research and practical tasks in the field of pedagogy.


PhD students need to acquire the number of credits required and defend a PhD thesis.

Professional Qualification and Career Opportunities:

A PhD graduate in Pedagogy can find a job as an expert in various areas where specific expertise in the management and organization is necessary, such as:
University lecturer (e.g Assist.Prof. in Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy) at universities, colleges, etc.;

Manager of state and municipal social and educational institutions and organisations;
Expert in research institutes and centres (research institutes, media, NGOs, etc).

Project consultant in the development and implementation of various projects in the field of education;

Expert in state educational and social institutions.