2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Early Childhood (PreK-2) 40 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood (PreK-2) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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.

Program of Study

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

Required Courses (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 5131Developments in Cultural Contexts


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


ESPED 5037Strategies for Inclusive Schooling


EEDUC 5130Early Childhood STEAM and Health


EARED 6116Early Childhood Arts, History and Social Science


EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EEDUC 5115Families, Society, and Schools


EEDUC 6058Anti-Bias Communities in Early Childhood


EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which would reduce total number of program credits to 36.

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)