BS in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to teach preschool through second grade. A sequence of three field-based courses provides students with the opportunity to put course content into practice. This progression begins in our Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL), a demonstration preschool located in the School of Education, continues with a public school placement in a local kindergarten, and culminates with a final student teaching placement in a local first or second grade public school classroom.

Students are supported in the field by frequent visits from faculty who also teach the seminar component of the courses. In meetings following supervisory visits, the faculty provide feedback and assist students in analyzing their teaching. Faculty supervisors use situations from the students’ direct experiences to provide relevant topics that enrich the seminar discussions.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Program licensure course sequence and necessary state tests will lead to Massachusetts Early Childhood Teacher of Students With or Without Disabilities Initial Licensure (Pre-K–2). Students must be approved to proceed in the licensure course sequence. This approval is at the program faculty’s discretion and is based on performance in field-based courses and meeting GPA requirements.

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 315 Child Development and Education (4 cr)
  • SED EC 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (2 cr)
  • SED EC 450 Curriculum and Fieldwork: Preschool (8 cr)
  • SED EC 500 Curriculum and Practicum: Kindergarten (8 cr)*
  • SED EC 550 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)

*EC 500 and EC 550 are restricted to students following the licensure sequence. Students following the non-licensure sequence must enroll in EC 511 Field Experiences in Early Childhood in place of EC 500.

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. 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.