The Doctoral Program of the Department of Early Childhood Education and Care aims at the training of students (Doctorates of Philosophy) who will be able to independently promote original scientific research in the areas and fields of study treated by the Department. The PhD. Program leads to the acquisition of a Doctorate Degree, which certifies the conduct, writing and presentation of independent original scientific research and reflects the substantial contribution of his / her holder to the development of knowledge and science. The Doctoral Dissertation (D.D.) must meet high scientific requirements and respond to the needs of contemporary Early Childhood Education and Care.