BS in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to teach preschool through second grade, and to achieve Massachusetts licensure. Students take classes that focus on the content and pedagogy of early childhood education.

A sequence of three field-based courses provides students the opportunity to put course content into practice. This progression begins in our Early Childhood Learning Lab, a demonstration preschool, and continues through public school placement in kindergarten and first or second grade. Students are supported in the field by frequent supervisory visits from instructors, who also teach the seminar component of the courses.

In meetings following observations, the instructors provide feedback and assist students in analyzing their work. Instructors use situations from the students’ direct experiences to provide relevant topics for discussion that enrich the seminars. The goal of this program is to offer an education that enables students to become knowledgeable, highly skilled, and reflective teachers of young children.

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 128)

Distribution Requirements (36 cr)

  • CAS WR 100 Writing Seminar (4 cr)
  • CAS WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar (4 cr)
  • Two Courses in CAS Humanities (8 cr total)
  • Two Courses in CAS Social Studies (One course must be a non-Western history course) (8 cr total)
  • CAS MA 107 Mathematical Reasoning in the Elementary Grades: Number Systems (4 cr)
  • CAS Lab Science (4 cr)
  • CAS Natural Science or Lab Science (4 cr)

Interdisciplinary Requirements (36 cr)

  • CAS AN 290 Children and Culture (4 cr)
  • CAS PS 101 General Psychology (4 cr)
  • CAS PS 336 or 234 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology or Psychology of Learning (4 cr)
  • SED LS 560 Language Acquisition (4 cr)
  • CAS SO 210 Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools: Educational and Sociological Perspectives (2 cr)
  • CAS SO 211 Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms: Educational and Sociological Perspectives (2 cr)
  • Four additional courses from at least two of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Archaeology, Core Curriculum, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Women’s Studies (16 cr total)

Professional Studies (56 cr)

  • SED EC 305 Child Development and Early Childhood Education (4 cr)
  • SED EC 350 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (2 cr)
  • SED EC 405 Curriculum and Fieldwork: Preschool (8 cr)
  • SED EC 453 Curriculum and Practicum: Kindergarten (8 cr)
  • SED EC 553 Early Childhood Seminar and Practicum: Grades 1/2 (10 cr)
  • SED EC 557 Classroom-Based Assessment of Young Children (2 cr)
  • SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 cr)
  • SED ED 410/412 Social and Civic Context of Education (4 cr)
  • SED LR 501 Teaching of Reading (4 cr)
  • SED SE 250 Disability, Education, and Public Policy (4 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Language Learners (4 cr)

Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL)

The ECLL is a demonstration preschool that serves as a field placement for all early childhood majors and an observation site for teaching and research purposes. Twenty-two children, ages 2.9–5 are in the program; a number of them have first languages other than English. There are microphones strategically placed in the classroom and digital recorders in the Observation Room so that classroom activities can be recorded and analyzed by early childhood faculty and student teachers. In addition, there is a resource center for preparing teaching materials that is available to all early childhood students. For more information, visit the website.