Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

A degree in Early Childhood Education can lead to a great career teaching young children! Earn your bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Louisiana State University Shreveport.

Earn your bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from LSUS and prepare to head confidently into the classroom after graduation. The early childhood education major leads to Louisiana state teaching certification for Pre-K to third-grade.

Why LSUS’ early childhood education degree program?

LSUS provides the personal instruction, hands-on experiences, and comprehensive curriculum to excel in early childhood classrooms. You’ll take a wide-variety of classes—from the basics of teaching math, social studies, and language arts to supporting the social and emotional development of early learners. You’ll also have multiple opportunities to serve in early childhood classrooms prior to graduation.

Clinical Experiences to prepare for real-world teaching

As an early childhood teacher, you set the foundation for the development of early learners. LSUS’ program provides the real-world experience you need to prepare for this role, getting you into the classroom as early as your first year. From simply observing to teaching lessons, you’ll feel comfortable when your time to manage an early childhood classroom arrives.

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  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Estimated four years for first-time freshmen
  • In-person
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Explore the Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s Degree at LSUS

The early childhood education major at LSUS is hands-on and classroom-focused. Learn more about the diverse course selections, professional development opportunities, and clinical experiences you’ll find in this program.

Applicable Courses 

The types of courses early childhood education majors take at LSUS are both innovative and traditional. Topics include classroom organization, the reading process, technology in the classroom, collaboration for inclusive learning and more.  

Student life 

From professional associations to student-run organizations, education majors join a variety of clubs on campus. They include Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Educators Rising Collegiate, and the Louisiana Association of Educators Student ProgramMembers of these organizations have the opportunity to attend workshops and networking events throughout Louisiana. 

Resources to succeed 

Early childhood education majors have direct access to the Pilot Educational Center. The center offers storytelling support, laminating machines, a lab dedicated to Praxis preparation and more. 

Financial aid for education majors 

Every year, LSUS students are awarded more than $12.4 in scholarships. Education majors have the opportunity to qualify for additional scholarships. 

Explore the types of financial aid you could qualify for as an early childhood education major. 

Reach your goals, your way

At LSUS, we offer both traditional undergraduate teaching certifications with the option for additional add-on certifications specializing in English as a Second Language, Special Education and more! We also have TeachLSUS, an abbreviated pathway to a teaching certification for those who already possess an undergraduate degree. 

“My studies at LSUS were always rigorous, which definitely prepared me to balance the work load as an educator. The professors that I was fortunate to have were very down-to-earth people with high expectations, which I admired greatly.”
Spencer Kiper, M. Ed., Technology Facilitator
Caddo Parish Schools
2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year

The Louisiana State University Shreveport Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP's evidence-based accreditation assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

The Pilot Education Center is a state-of-the-art learning environment for future educators at all levels. Textbook and technology resources abound in a simulated classroom environment. The Center also includes the Praxis Lab and Curriculum Resource Center.

The Teacher Education Program: Admission & Retention - or TEPAR for short -  is a secondary admissions process that education majors must apply for in their sophomore year. If accepted, applicants can continue onward in the program to receive their degree in education. Read more about TEPAR here.

Where Can an Early Childhood Education Degree from LSUS Take You?

Schools always need teachers, and the School of Education at LSUS will make sure you step into your career prepared. Whether you’re heading into pre-school, kindergarten, or primary grades, you’ll be ready to take on a position in public schools, private schools, agencies, community programs or child care 

Learn more about course requirements for an early childhood education major. 

Thinking about a degree in early childhood education? Here are a few other degree programs at LSUS you might be interested in exploring.  

LSUS also offers a two Masters degress in Education: Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.

  • Top 100 Most Affordable Childhood Education College

    University HQ's 2022 rankings put Louisiana State University Shreveport's Early Childhood Education program as the 26th most affordable in the nation, ahead of all other Louisiana colleges and universities.

Education Faculty

Joyce Farrow, PhD

Chair of the Department of Education
Office: BE 348C
Phone: 318-797-5040
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Alisha Cooper, MEdL

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Education, Room 368
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Lisa Cooper

Director of Clinical Preparation
Office: BE 381
Phone: (318) 795-4256
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Rosie Cooper, EdD

Assistant Professor
Office: Be 366
Phone: 318-797-5160
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Nelson Coulter, EdD

Interim Director of the MEDCI and MEDL Programs
Office: BE 380
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Debra "Cay" Evans, PhD

Office: BE 372
Phone: 318-797-5034
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Matthew Gromlich, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Melissa Hawthorne, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: BE 370
Phone: 318-798-4122
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Jacqueline Langford

Director of Teach LSUS
Office: Business Education, Room 384B
Phone: 318-795-4236
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Cassandra Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor
Office: BE 364
Phone: 318-797-5174
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Aidong "Linda" Zhang, EdD

Assistant Professor
Office: Business Education, Room 368
Phone: 318-795-4247
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