Bachelors of Science in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education

B-K Teacher Certification and PK-3 Teacher Certification

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs at LSU are recognized by NAEYC and are designed with the organization's professional preparation standards in mind. Teacher candidates can choose either B-K Teacher Certification or PK-3 Teacher Certification. Both certification areas move through the program in cohorts, gaining the advantage of collegial relationships found to be effective for both personal and professional growth. Candidates participate in field-based professional blocks and student teaching in diverse professional development school settings. By the time you finish your LSU ECE degree, you will have accrued experience across birth through 3rd grade, including working with children with exceptionalities. 

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The ECE Program has a heavy emphasis on professional growth and provides multiple opportunities for resume development, including our Association for the Education of Young Children @ LSU, CHSE Undergraduate Distinguished Scholars, Distinguished Communicator Program, Engaged Citizen Program, LSU Distinguished Researcher and presenting at LSU Discover Day. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or better may also participate in Upper Division Honors Distinction and Kappa Delta Epsilon (KDE) Honorary Professional Education Fraternity.

Italy Experience

The LSU ECE faculty travel to Italy to visit the Reggio-Emilia schools to learn more about their approach to educating infants, toddlers and preschools.

LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP)

Our NAEYC accredited center serves 175 young children, 6 weeks to 5 years. Our laboratory is where the recommended practices we teach in our academic program come to life! Students conduct observations, intern hours and student teaching in our living, learning laboratory! You can frequently find students engaged in research projects along side of faculty. There are opportunities to gain experience as a student worker while going to school or continue into our graduate program while working at the ECELP.

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Scholarship Information

Scholarships for Teachers

There are many scholarships and grants available for educators and those thinking of becoming educators. This site includes details on numerous scholarships that are offered in the United States.

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 toward an approved bachelor’s degree, scholarships will pay for tuition only.  Scholarship recipient will be responsible for all fees and required textbooks. 

Louisiana Early Childhood Association Scholarships & Grants

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

Golden Key International Honor Society

Golden Key is an academic honor society that is by invitation only for the top 15% of university sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. This society has awarded over $12.5 million dollars in scholarships and awards. They also offer academic programs, leadership opportunities, and service projects. To apply for admittance,  you must go online and fill out the form. Then they will ask you to send them your transcript.

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Teacher Education Disclosure 

The Early Childhood Education BS program, (PK-3), meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Early Childhood PK-3 in the State of Louisiana. Graduates of this Louisiana state-approved teacher preparation program will qualify for a Level 1 Professional Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact us to assist you in your career planning.

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