Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

The Certificate of Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is a program that provides in-depth opportunities for further professional growth and specialization for teacher leaders and administrators who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Beyond a core set of courses, the program is individualized depending on the participant’s area of interest. 

Coursework for the Ed.S. in the College of Human Sciences and Education requires 60 hours of credit at the graduate level (beyond the Master’s degree), which includes Research courses (6 credit hours), and electives (18 hours). Participants are assigned a program chair who will work with the student to develop a course of study beyond the required classes. Some courses may be transferred to a Ph.D. degree.

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