2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities (PreK-2) 36-40 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.

Designed for those who wish to become teachers of children in grades PreK-2, this program consists of courses that lead to an Initial teacher license in early childhood education, with an emphasis on the inclusion of all children. In addition to challenging and engaging coursework, students will gain a rich and relevant preparation for teaching by participating in a full-time practicum in early childhood classrooms. Full-time students can complete the program in a minimum of four semesters (may begin in summer and complete at the end the following summer). Students may also pursue the program on a part-time basis. The program is offered on campus and at selected off-campus sites.

As early in the program as possible, and before 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 (30-34 credits):

All of the following required courses, except EEDUC 5115 and EEDUC 6058, must be completed prior to EEDUC 7727, and many courses include field-based assignments.

EEDUC 5131Developmental Learning


EEDUC 6109Observation, Documentation, and Assessment


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


EEDUC 5128Integrated Curriculum for Early Childhood: Social Studies and Classroom Life


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EEDUC 5115Families, Society, and Schools


EEDUC 6058Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education


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 semester will be in a PreK or kindergarten classroom, and two-thirds will be in a first or second grade classroom.

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