2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities (PreK-2) and Creative Arts in Learning 39-43 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood: Students with and without Disabilities (PreK-2) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In response to Massachusetts state license guidelines, the Graduate School of Education's Division of Creative Arts in Learning offers Initial teacher licensure programs in which the arts and arts integration play an integral part. The curriculum honors cultural, racial, linguistic, economic, and social diversity; empowers students through fostering creativity and individual expression; and explores various avenues of learning through the arts in order to accommodate different learning styles and modalities. This program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study or on a part-time basis.

As early in the program as possible, and prior to the practicum, students must complete a 75-hour early field experience in a classroom appropriate to the license sought. In some cases, recent appropriate classroom experience may be used to document this requirement. (This is not a credit-bearing course, and there are no fees required.)

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Required Courses (33-37 credits):

All of the following required courses, except EARED 6003 and the arts elective, must be completed prior to EEDUC 7727, and many courses include field-based assignments.

EARED 6110Arts and Education: History and Philosophy


EARED 5018Arts and Human Development


EEDUC 5139Learning Mathematics in Early Childhood


EEDUC 5137Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years


EEDUC 5138Literacy, Literature, and the Arts in the Early Childhood Classroom


EEDUC 5120Young Children with Special Needs


EEDUC 5130Integrated Curriculum in Early Childhood: Science and Health


EARED 6116Early Childhood Arts, History and Social Science


EEDUC 6109Observation, Documentation, and Assessment


EARED 6003An Arts Approach to Multicultural Education


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EARED XXXX Arts Elective


EARED 6110: must be taken in the first semester of the program

Arts Elective: chosen with approval of Creative Arts faculty advisor

EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Total program credit variability only applies when EECLD 6115 is waived.

Practicum (6 credits):

Prerequisites: Successful completion of a 75-hour early field experience and required pre-practicum courses; satisfactory completion of appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) requirements. This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee. Approximately one-third of the practicum must be in a PreK or kindergarten classroom and two-thirds must be in a first or second grade classroom.

EEDUC 7727Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education (PreK-2)