Contact Information
Phone:  617 353-3218

Educational History

  • M.Ed Early Childhood Education Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Ma.
  • B.A. Elementary Education Marywood College, Scranton, Pa.


Prof. Edson, a former teacher at the preschool and elementary levels specializes in teacher education at these levels. In addition to teaching the preschool and primary level science methods course and the early childhood assessment course, she coordinates and supervises student practicum placements. Her research interests include science education in the preschool and primary grades. Ms Edson has served as a lecturer and consultant to several school systems and professional organizations and is a regular presenter at national conferences.

Courses Taught

  • SED EC305/605 Child development and Education
  • SED EC 553/653 Early Childhood Seminar and Practicum 1st/2nd grade
  • SED EC453  Curriculum and Practicum in Early Childhood: K
  • SED EC516  Early Childhood Curriculum and Practicum:K
  • SED EC557  Classroom based assessment of young children

Selected Presentations

  • The Power of Observational Drawings in Early Childhood Science: a Window into Young Children’s Understanding
  • Everything we needed to know we learned from our guinea pig: an inquiry approach using classroom pets to teach science and integrate curriculum in preschool through first grade
  • Science and young children, it’s deeper than you think: a thoughtful approach to the design of science units
  • Designing conceptually based integrated units for preschool and primary grades
  • Developing an urban preschool program: The Boston University/Chelsea Partnership
  • Teaching and doing science with young children
  • Authentic Assessment through Observation Drawings  |  Inquiry Unit Design

Selected Publications

  • Edson, Marcia. (2013). Starting with science: Strategies for introducing young children to inquiry. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.

Selected Professional Memberships

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Science Teachers Association

Selected University Service

  • Advisor to Early Childhood Educators Club
  • Consortium Council
  • Academic Instruction and Standards Committee
  • SED green
  • Faculty liaison to Jumpstart / Americorps

Selected Professional Service

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children Science Interest Forum
  • Democracy in Education Group

Selected Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Newburyport Public Library

Selected Supervisory Activities

Supervise kindergarten graduate and undergraduate practicum students


Advise graduate and undergraduate Early Childhood students

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.