Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed to advance the knowledge base of certified teachers working in early care environments, including preschool, kindergarten, and primary school settings. While pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.), students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of child development, evidenced-based interventions and pedagogy specific to young children, and research and evaluation skills necessary for evaluating the effectiveness of instruction.

Coursework for a M.Ed. in the College of Human Sciences and Education requires 36 hours of credit at the graduate level, which includes curriculum studies (3 hours), research (3 hours), humanistic and behavioral studies (3 hours), as well as content in early childhood education (15 hours) and electives outside of the School of Education (6 hours).

Research and field experience are key components to any graduate program. In a research course, students might study the effectiveness of interventions for young children. Within field experiences, graduate students will observe classroom environments and reflect on literature in the field as it relates to observed practice. Students enroll for thesis hours (6 hours) when working on their thesis research.

Students applying to graduate school should have a minimum composite score of 297, with a minimum verbal score of 153 and a minimum quantitative score of 144.

Non-matriculating students:

Prior to taking the GRE, students may enroll as a graduate non-matriculating student. Course work is taken for academic credit, and all rules and regulations for graduate students apply. A student in this category must register for at least one course numbered 4000 or above each semester to maintain graduate status. Courses numbered below 4000 may be taken concurrently with graduate course work. No more than 12 hours of graduate credit taken as a non-matriculating student may be applied toward the requirement for a master’s degree.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate School FAQs

  • What is the difference between the thesis option and the cumulative test option?
    • Thesis option: "...The Master's thesis should demonstrate capacity for research, originality of thought and facility in organizing materials. It must be acceptable in subject matter and exhibit creditable literary workmanship..." -LSU Graduate School Catalog. A master's thesis is a piece of original scholarship written under the direction of a faculty advisor.
    • Cumulative exam option: During a student's terminal semester, each student is required to pass a comprehensive Master's examination covering work related to research and course work. This examination will be administered by the student's advisory committee and may be oral and/or written. The Graduate School's Request for Master's Examination form (found on the Graduate School form page) for scheduling and reporting results of this examination must be filed with the Graduate School three (3) weeks prior to the date of the examination. This examination may be re-taken only once.

 

Resources

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) 

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible program, maintain a 3.25 GPA, and commit to teach in high-need field, at a low-income school, for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the grant was awarded. 

Student Association for the Education of Young Children
This is a student-led professional organization that helps students in becoming a professional by keeping up with local, state, and national conferences and getting involved in the community.

Louisiana Pathways

For child care employees working towards an approved master’s degree or doctorate, or taking individual courses to meet Quality Start staff qualifications or to advance on the Louisiana Pathways Career Ladders, scholarships will pay for tuition only.

Louisiana Early Childhood Association Scholarships & Grants

Each year LAECA has up to $3,600.00 in scholarships and mini-grants available to members.

The Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP)

The Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP) is discontinued. The implementation of CTEP was linked to teacher tuition funds being provided to teachers through 8(g) BESE funds. Since BESE no longer uses 8(g) BESE funds for that purpose, the required conditions for CTEP no longer exist. Please contact Dr. Jeanne Burns, Associate Commissioner for Teacher and Leadership Initiatives, Louisiana Board of Regents, at jeanne.burns@la.gov or 225-342-4253 if you have questions.

 

 

For more information about Early Childhood graduate programs, please contact:

Dr. Cynthia F. DiCarlo
Professor
123B Peabody Hall
cdicar2@lsu.edu 
225-578-7005