Academic Catalog

Education - Early Childhood Education, B.S.

The Early Childhood Education degree familiarizes students with key issues, techniques, and concepts related to the contemporary practices of teaching young children. Students are introduced to innovative methods in designing the early learning environment and an inclusive curriculum. They have opportunities to develop and examine their role as teachers in creating liberated and democratic places of learning through care and relationship building with children. One of the critical facets of this program is the opportunity to engage in supported field-based experiences. Students in the program participate in a series of three semester long field-based experiences, intended to build their capacity and knowledge base over time. These field-based experiences also provide a direct opportunity to apply ideas they have learned across their coursework to the practice of teaching. As part of the degree, students will obtain a Massachusetts Initial teaching license in Early Childhood PK-2, allowing them to teach in public early childhood classrooms and settings.

CCSS 269Education and Society3
EDUC 305Program Development: 3, 4 and 5 year olds3
EDUC 324Teaching Math/Science K-83
EDUC 338Reading and Language Arts (ECHE/ELEM)3
EDUC 340Field Placement I2
EDUC 341Field Placement II ECHE/ELEM2
EDUC 404Sheltered English Instruction ECHE/ELEM3
EDUC 409Curriculum and Instruction ECHE3
EDUC 420Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (ECHE & ELEM)3
EDUC 430Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom3
EDUC 550Student Teaching Practicum PK-K3
EDUC 560Student Teaching Practicum 1-26
EDUC 561Student Teaching Seminar ECHE3
Subject Matter Knowledge Requirements 136
Total Hours76

 All Subject Matter Knowledge (SMK) courses required for the license must also be completed.  A list of all SMK courses is kept and maintained by the Coordinator of Curriculum and the Education Department and is incorporated into each student's degree audit (Degree Works), dependent upon their individual combination of programs.