Early Childhood Education

The goal of the Early Childhood Education program at Boston University is to prepare teachers dedicated to excellence in the field of early childhood education (Pre-K–2). Our students focus on the development and learning of young children in preschool, public school classrooms, and other appropriate settings in urban and suburban communities.

Professional coursework is concentrated on research and theories of child development and learning, and their implications for curriculum planning and instruction. Among the topics addressed are:

  • The design of educational environments;
  • The content and methodology related to mathematics, science, reading, social studies, and the arts;
  • The application and integration of knowledge and skills through fieldwork and through the development of curriculum and learning materials.

Students who wish to complete a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study work in collaboration with their academic advisor to develop an individualized program of study.  In order to complete the program, you must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chairman and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.

Program Fast Facts


  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Early Childhood Education.
  • Program Duration: Duration varies is students are full-time or part-time.
  • Licensure: This program does not lead to licensure.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jane Lannak, jlannak@bu.edu, 617-353-3410
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237
  • Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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.