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Early Childhood Education

In today’s competitive teaching field, it is in the best interest of the candidate to advance skill levels and career potential with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Specializing in Early Childhood Education. This master’s program encompasses the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards by assisting the candidate in building a comprehensive knowledge base of early childhood theory, practices, policies, and professional development. The course content is research-based and incorporates developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education, providing candidates the opportunity to apply knowledge into the early childhood classroom.

The 36-hour coursework plan is offered through multiple delivery methods (including hybrid/online delivery) complimented with field-based practices throughout its entirety. This program is fitting for both the professional teacher with limited time to attend class meetings and the full-time graduate student who can dedicate the extra time to research and study. The requirements for acceptance into the program are as follows: a bachelor’s degree, a valid teacher’s certificate, 2.5 GPA or higher, completed online application and fee (3 letters of recommendation included), and passing GRE score (can be completed after beginning program/before completion of first 6 coursework hours).



Optional Add-On Certifications are available with the completion of this graduate degree. Contact advisors for additional information.

Curriculum and Instruction Program Requirements:

To be admitted into the Curriculum and Instruction program at Nicholls, applicants should possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.50 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Interview with program emphasis area faculty.
  • A valid permanent-type teacher’s certificate.
  • 18-24 hours in professional education as appropriate for the level selected.

Job Opportunities:

  • Early Childhood Supervisor – oversee early childhood classrooms school-wide or district-wide.
  • Preschool Director – director of a preschool facility
  • Early Childhood Coordinator – school board position
  • Early Childhood State Advocate – state leadership position

C & I Early Childhood Education – Curriculum Guide (PDF)


Early Childhood Program Coordinators:

Dr. Tiffany Papa, Associate Professor of Education
233 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4731
Email: tiffany.papa@nicholls.edu


Dr. Elizabeth Block, Associate Professor of Education
239 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4819
Email: elizabeth.block@nicholls.edu

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