Educational Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

The Certificate of Education Specialist (EdS) 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 EdS in the College of Human Sciences and Education requires 60 hours of credit at the graduate level (beyond the Bachelor’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 PhD 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.

View the Plan of Study




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 Louisiana Classroom Teacher Enrollment Program (CTEP) allows classroom teachers to attend Louisiana’s public colleges and universities tuition free (all other fees must be paid by the teacher) on a space available basis. The law also requires that classroom teachers who participate in CTEP during any one school year shall be obligated to practice as a classroom teacher in the elementary or secondary schools of Louisiana for at least the subsequent school year.

The CTEP program is applicable and valid only for courses offered on the main campus offered by the college or university which the teacher plans to attend. CTEP may not be used to schedule off-campus, correspondence, or distance learning courses. Independent study courses, practicum courses requiring individual supervision, thesis courses, and dissertation courses are not eligible for tuition exemption under the CTEP program. The law creating CTEP limits course enrollment to six (6) semester hours per academic year semester. Course enrollment limits for summer sessions or quarters under this program are those imposed by the college or university in which the teacher enrolls.  


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

Dr. Cynthia F. DiCarlo
123B Peabody Hall