Early Childhood Education (MECX)

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 entirely online through the Nicholls Online Program. This program is fitting for both the professional teacher with limited time and the full-time graduate student who can dedicate time to research and study.

Optional Early Interventionist Education Add-On Certification is available with the completion of this graduate degree as well as the required Praxis exams. Contact Program Chair, Dr. Tiffany Papa, for additional information.

The requirements for acceptance into the program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Valid Teaching Certification
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Passing GRE score (possible waiver for full-time teachers)
  • Program Application (Click here to apply. Select the online-only option)


  • Salary Increase
  • Job Security
  • Professional Development
  • Improve Student Outcomes
  • Gain Leadership Perspective
  • Optional Early Interventionist Add-on

Job Opportunities:

  • Preschool Director or Administrator
  • Home-based Service Provider
  • Early Childhood Special Education Mentor or Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Consultant or Specialist
  • Pre-K – 3rd Mentor or Lead Teacher
  • Early Childhood or Early Interventionist Curriculum & Instruction Director
  • Principal/Vice Principal of Early Childhood or Early Intervention Schools
  • Early Childhood Education Grant Writer or Researcher
  • University Instructor


If interested contact:

Dr. Tiffany Papa, Associate Professor, MCEX Program Chair
233 Polk Hall
Email: tiffany.papa@nicholls.edu


Dr. Elizabeth Block, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean
239 Polk Hall
Email: elizabeth.block@nicholls.edu

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