Early Childhood Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Early Childhood Education is designed for candidates who are already licensed to teach PreK-2nd grade and who hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. This program is suited for educators who are seeking to develop their knowledge in a particular area within the field of early childhood education. Students meet with advisors to construct a plan of coursework that addresses the diverse goals of the individual. Topics include:

  • Theories and milestones of early childhood social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.
  • The role of play in early childhood development.
  • The design of educational environments, curriculum, and learning materials.
  • Developmentally appropriate methodology related to mathematics, science, reading, and social studies.
  • The application and integration of knowledge and skills through fieldwork.

Our Program

  • Varies in duration for students who are are full-time or part-time.
  • Does not lead to licensure.
  • Requires a master’s 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

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin

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.