Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood

The 39 credit hour fully accredited (CAEP) program is composed of professional research and the application of that research through developmentally appropriate field base practices and studies; professional leadership experiences; diverse virtual and on-site observations; and various opportunities to network/learn with and from other early childhood education professionals.

The coursework is offered through online delivery (within Nicholls Online), which incorporates an 8-week term instead of the traditional 16-week semester. Thus, the complete online delivery of this program provides full-time educators with the convenience of working at their own pace and on their own time in the completion of this advanced degree.


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 Certification


  • 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 or
  • Early Childhood Special Education Mentor or Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Consultant or Specialist
  • Pre-K – 3rd Mentor or Early Childhood Master 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
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Name: Dr. Tiffany Papa 
Title: Associate Professor; Early Childhood Education Master’s Program Chair
Phone: 985.448.4731
Office Location: 236 Polk Hall

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