Graduate degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Early Childhood Education prepare future educators for leadership roles in education including serving as master classroom teachers, college or university faculty, staff specialists in public or private school systems, and in governmental or professional organizations. Our teacher education program is a model service-learning program for the entire state of Florida and is recognized for the quality and preparation of our graduates.
We offer master’s (online and on-campus), specialist, and doctoral degrees.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:
M.S. and Ed.S. Applicant Target Scores:
Verbal – 146+
Quantitative – 140+
Ph.D. Applicant Target Scores:
Verbal – 151+
Quantitative – 145+
Writing – 3+
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
For this program, applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:
Master’s and Specialist programs:
The C & I degree requires a minimum of 32 credit hours. All students completing the C&I degree must complete either a classroom-based action research project OR pass the comprehensive exam.
Core Program Categories (taken by all masters candidates)- 12-15 semester credit hours
Major (18-21 Semester Credit Hours)
Specialization courses in Early Childhood Education
The Specialist in Early Childhood Education Program of Study is individually planned in conjunction with the major professor and the student’s supervisory committee with course work emphasis in the areas listed below. A minor is suggested.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education is individually planned in conjunction with the major professor and the student’s supervisory committee with course work emphasis in the areas listed below. A minor is suggested.
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Curriculum choices in our master’s and specialist programs are designed to enable students to become teacher leaders, college instructors, as well as curriculum specialists, state testing specialists and textbook company representatives. Doctoral program graduates are prepared to become university professors, researchers and leaders in the field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for teachers is expected to grow 7 percent through 2020. The job outlook for instructional leaders/coordinators is expected to grow up to 20 percent through 2020. That translates into over 200,000 new jobs nationwide. The median national annual salary range for these job classifications is $53,230 to $58,830 per year. For university or college professors, the Bureau predicts a 17% increase in jobs by 2020; totaling 305,700 jobs in the 2010-2020 time span. The median national salary is $62,050 per year.
A career in education can be very rewarding, and a typical path offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Educators make a difference in the lifelong learning experience of their students, as well as, the quality and standards of the programs they teach.