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.
- 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
Early Childhood Program Coordinators: