Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood

A Master of Early Childhood Education is for candidates looking to further their career and expertise in their field. 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.  NCATE/CAEP Accredited.


Department of Teacher Education

Phone: 1-855-NIC-ONLINE (for application, registration, and scheduling); 985.448.4731 (for degree information)

Why Pursue a Master’s in Early Childhood Education?

  • Improve Student Outcomes
  • Job Security
  • Salary Increase
  • New Job Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership Perspective
  • Early Interventionist Add- On


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Current Teaching Certificate
  • 2.5 GPA or Higher
  • GRE (waived for full- time teachers)

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


Name: Dr. Tiffany Papa 
Title: Associate Professor; Early Childhood Education Masters Program Chair
Phone: 985.448.4731
Office Location: 236 Polk Hall