Academic Catalog

Teacher Licensure for Early Childhood (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2)

MCLA requires a major in education for students seeking early childhood licensure. The early childhood licensure program prepares teachers of young children prekindergarten through second grade.

The early childhood licensure program prepares students to educate and care for children in both public and private early childhood education settings, including public school classrooms from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2. The curriculum emphasizes the inclusive design of early childhood environments and curricula, innovative teaching strategies and practices, and authentic assessment of the whole child.

Formal application for admission into the Student Teaching Practicum requires an overall 2.8 GPA, with no grade below a C in required licensure courses, passing scores on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL; see the education department for the required MTELs for each specific licensure area), two recommendations, and a successful interview.

Students must have departmental approval to enroll in more than 12 credits during the Student Teaching Practicum. Upon completion of the early childhood program, the student is eligible for Initial licensure (PreK-2).

To fulfill the requirements for the early childhood licensure program, students must complete a major in education, which includes the licensure program. Candidates for Initial licensure must complete coursework in the following areas:

  •  Children’s Literature
  •  Early literacy including genres, literary elements, literary techniques, and vocabulary
  •  Mathematics including principles and concepts related to elementary mathematics
  •  Physical science1
  •  Life science1
  •  History, geography, government and economics;
  •  Creative arts
  •  Health or First Aid and CPR
  •  Physical Education
  •  Child Development or Developmental Psychology

Students should meet with an Education Department advisor during their first year to learn how these required subject matter courses may also fulfill MCLA core curriculum requirements.

Optional Choice of Liberal Arts/Sciences Majors for Early Childhood Education Teacher Candidates:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • History/Political Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
CCCA 207Children's Literature: A Lively Art3
CCSS 269Education and Society3
PSYC 208Applied Developmental Psychology3
or PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology
PHED 108Community First Aid and Safety (and one PHED elective)2-3
or PHED 215 Lifetime Wellness
Phase One
EDUC 305Program Development: 3, 4 and 5 year olds3
EDUC 338Reading and Language Arts (ECHE/ELEM)3
EDUC 340Field Placement I2
EDUC 430Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom3
Phase Two
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
Phase Three 1
EDUC 550Student Teaching Practicum PK-K3
EDUC 560Student Teaching Practicum 1-26
EDUC 561Student Teaching Seminar ECHE3
Optional Courses required for EEC
Infant and Toddler Lead Teacher Qualifications:
EDUC 150Infant/Toddler Internship3
Total Hours48-49

Note: Field Placement I requires attendance at three sessions of preparation for the Communication and Literacy MTEL.