Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed to support advanced study in early childhood education and development and individualization for researchers and practitioners. While pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), 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 Ph.D. in the College of Human Sciences and Education requires 90 hours of credit at the graduate level, which includes Core Seminars (6 hours), Research Methods & Dissertation Research (21 hours), Area of Specialization: Early Childhood Education (50 credit hours beyond Bachelor’s degree), Minor Area of Study Outside of the School of Education (12-18 credit hours).

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.

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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. 

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 or 225-342-4253 if you have questions.


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

Dr. Cynthia F. DiCarlo
123B Peabody Hall