Higher Education: LSUS program achieves national ranking

Louisiana State University Shreveport’s Early Childhood Education program is ranked 20th in the top 85 most affordable programs by Discover Early Childhood EDU. This ranking aims to help students make informed decisions about the best programs available.

            The criteria for the Discover Early Childhood EDU Top 85 Affordable ECE Programs ranking requires that an institution specialize in early childhood education while offering a variety of degree programs. The selected institutions are high quality and distributed throughout the U.S. Additionally, the ranking is determined based on quantitative data including retention rate, graduation rate, tuition, and overall enrollment statistics. The full ranked list can be found at https://discoverearlychildhoodedu.org/degrees/most-affordable-schools/ 

            “We are thrilled with the honor of being so highly ranked in the nation,” Department of Education Chair and Professor Dr. Cay Evans said. “Our Early Childhood Education program prepares students for career options in a variety of settings: K-12 schools, public and private preschools, child advocacy agencies, community programs, child care centers and private enterprise.”

            LSUS offers opportunities for future early childhood educators to choose between an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a PreK to Grade 3 certification or an Early Childhood add on certification if the student already has a teaching certificate.

            “Our Department of Education exemplifies the highest quality of teaching and teacher preparation,” Dean, College of Education and Human Development Dr. Dennis Wissing said. “Our Early Childhood Program is a clear example of this quality at an affordable cost to students. Affordability makes us competitive, but we work hard to ensure that students also have access to superior instruction and training.”

            A strong early childhood education program positively impacts the growth of elementary education. A child’s future success, both as an individual and economically, depends on the early learning environment. Such important work requires a sound education, steeped in the best practices and latest research for teaching young minds.