Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

The Master of Education (MEd) 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 (MEd), 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 MEd in the College of Human Sciences & 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.

Online Master's Degree Sample 2 Year Plan


EDCI 7843: Early Childhood Education (3 hours)*
EDCI 7901: Curriculum Theory  (3 hours)


Early Childhood Course  (3 hours)
Early Childhood Course (3 hours)


Early Childhood Course (3 hours)
Early Childhood Course (3 hours)

*additional course required for those taking the comprehensive examination


EDCI 4800: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (3 hours)
ELRC 4507: Computer Technology in Education (3 hours)


EDCI 7850: Intervention Research in the Early Childhood Classroom (3 hours)
Early Childhood Course (3 hours)


Early Childhood Course (3 hours)*
EDCI 8000: Thesis hours (6 hours)**

*additional course required for those taking the comprehensive examination
**thesis hours only required for those engaging in thesis research


EDCI 7056: Theories of Child Development


Even Years
EDCI 4060: Organization & Administration of Early Childhood Programs
EDCI 7930: Special Topics: Executive Function in Early Childhood

Odd Years
EDCI 4060: Organization & Administration of Early Childhood Programs
EDCI 7054: Child Guidance & Behavior
EDCI 7055: Human Development: Brain Development


Even Years
EDCI 4061: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
EDCI 5880: Assessment in ECE grades 1-3
EDCI 7843: Early Childhood Education

Odd Years
EDCI 4061: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
EDCI 7059: Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education
EDCI 7843: Early Childhood Education


Traditional Program Plan of Study

EDCI 7824: Elementary School Curriculum (3 hours)
EDCI 7825: Elementary School Curriculum (3 hours)
EDCI 7901: Curriculum Theory (3 hours)

EDCI 7930: Teacher Research in the Classroom (3 hours)
ELRC 4006: Introduction to Applied Statistics in Educational Settings (3 hours)
ELRC 4249: Understanding and Applying Research in Education (3 hours)
ELRC 7243: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 hours)

ELRC 4507: Computer Technology in Education (3 hours)
ELRC 4535: Educational Telecommunications and the Internet (3 hours)
ELRC 7505: Design and Development of Multimedia Instructional Units (3 hours)

EDCI 4800: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom (3 hours)
EDCI 7904: Education and Cognition (3 hours)
EDCI 7106: Teaching Reading to Students of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds (3 hours)

Select at least 3 from list below in consultation with your advisor
*required courses

EDCI 7056: Theories of Child Development (3 hours)*
EDCI 7054: Child Guidance and Behavior (3 hours)*
EDCI 7055: Human Development (3 credit hours, if topics vary can take up to 6 hours)*
EDCI 4060/CFS 4060: Organization & Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3 hours)
EDCI 4382: Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
EDCI 7059: Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
EDCI 7112: Early Literacy Development and Instruction (3 hours)
EDCI 7307: Topics Vary (can take up to 6 hours)
EDCI 7843: Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
EDCI 7844: Creativity in ECE (3 hours)
EDCI 7846: Diagnostic Teaching in Early Education (3 hours)
EDCI 7902: Analysis of Research on Teaching (3 hours)
EDCI 7903: Curriculum Planning (3 hours)
EDCI 7910: Traditions of Inquiry (3 hours)
EDCI 7904: Education and Cognition (3 hours)
EDCI 7920/EDCI 7921: Analysis of Research in Curriculum and Instruction- Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
CFS 7051: The Contemporary Family (3 hours)
CFS 7057: Theories in Family Science (3 hours)

Thesis credit (6 hours)
Minor area of study outside of the School of Education (6 hours)


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.

Thesis & Dissertation Guidelines

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.



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