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The graduate program in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates to become teachers of children in grades PreK-2.

The program leads to an initial license in early childhood education, with an emphasis on the inclusion of all children. In addition to challenging and engaging coursework, students gain a rich and relevant preparation for teaching by participating in a full-time practicum in early childhood classrooms.

Completion of a teacher education program is one of the requirements for initial licensure from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Applicants will undergo a review to determine whether they can demonstrate subject-matter knowledge for an initial license in Early Childhood Education.

Beginning September 1, 2016, new students will follow the prescribed program listed below in conjunction with advisor approval. Students enrolled in the program prior to this date must meet with their advisor to review the remaining courses in their program.

All students must contact their academic advisor to be cleared for registration in future semesters. 

Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements

Suggested sequence of courses.

Course Title Credits

ED 5740G

ED 6500G

Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms

Pre-Practicum Field-Based Experience I



ED 5710G Challenges in Learning and Development 4
ED 575G Introduction to Early Childhood Education 4
ED 537G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Reading and Language Arts 4
ED 538G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Math 4
ED 5300G Teaching Early Childhood STEAM 4
ED 501G Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Social Studies and World Geography 4

ED 582G

Sheltered English Instruction, with field experience
(or alternate elective with evidence of SEI endorsement)


ED 6505G

Pre-Practicum Field Experience II


ED 566G

ED 6510G

Practicum for Early Childhood Education (PreK-2)

Practicum Seminar



Practicum Requirements
  • Successful completion of all MTEL exams related to the license
  • Practicum application with advisor permission and signature
  • Attendance at a practicum information session
  • Good academic standing in the graduate program
MTEL Requirements
  • Communications & Literacy Skills (01): Reading and Writing subtests
  • Early Childhood (02)
  • Foundations of Reading (90)

Course work and program options are subject to change.

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