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Graduate Programs

Merrimack College

The graduate program in Early Childhood Education prepares candidates to become teachers of children in grades PreK-2, with or without disabilities. 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.

Beginning September 1, 2014, 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. 

Course Requirements

Suggested sequence of courses.

Course Title Credits
ED 5740G Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms 4
ED 6500G Pre-Practicum Field Experience I
Completed during enrollment in ED 5740G.
0
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)
4
ED 6505G Pre-Practicum Field Experience II 0
ED 6510G Practicum Seminar
(concurrent with the practicum)
0
ED 566G Practicum for Early Childhood Education (PreK-2); 300 hours
4

 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

 

Course work and program options are subject to change.