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
At least one science must include a laboratory requirement.
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:
- Environmental Studies
- Fine and Performing Arts
- History/Political Science
- Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST)
|CCCA 207||Children's Literature: A Lively Art||3|
|CCSS 269||Education and Society||3|
|PSYC 208||Applied Developmental Psychology||3|
|or PSYC 210||Developmental Psychology|
|PHED 108||Community First Aid and Safety (and one PHED elective)||2-3|
|or PHED 215||Lifetime Wellness|
|EDUC 305||Program Development: 3, 4 and 5 year olds||3|
|EDUC 338||Reading and Language Arts (ECHE/ELEM)||3|
|EDUC 340||Field Placement I||2|
|EDUC 430||Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom||3|
|EDUC 341||Field Placement II ECHE/ELEM||2|
|EDUC 404||Sheltered English Instruction ECHE/ELEM||3|
|EDUC 409||Curriculum and Instruction ECHE||3|
|EDUC 420||Classroom Management/Teaching Strategies (ECHE & ELEM)||3|
|Phase Three 1|
|EDUC 550||Student Teaching Practicum PK-K||3|
|EDUC 560||Student Teaching Practicum 1-2||6|
|EDUC 561||Student Teaching Seminar ECHE||3|
|Optional Courses required for EEC|
|Infant and Toddler Lead Teacher Qualifications:|
|EDUC 150||Infant/Toddler Internship||3|
Application, interview, and passing scores on all MTELs are required for admission to Phase Three.
Note: Field Placement I requires attendance at three sessions of preparation for the Communication and Literacy MTEL.