Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The Master’s program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Boston University is designed for students who are genuinely curious about the development and learning of young children. The ECE program is recognized in the field for maintaining high standards for teacher preparation.

Courses are carefully designed to build upon one another and to bridge theory and practice. Field experiences are incorporated into each semester of the program, beginning with a placement in the School of Education’s very own Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL), recognized as one of the best preschools in Boston. The preschool program employs an innovative, inquiry-based approach to curriculum design. Students work closely with the teachers and faculty, and implement plans with guidance and support. The ECLL classroom is equipped with recording equipment, and video is used by student teachers to reflect on and improve their teaching.

Building on this experience, students then complete two field-based practica: one in a local kindergarten and another in a first or second grade classroom. Students are visited regularly in the field by faculty supervisors who provide support and facilitate self-reflection. Seminars are enriched by incorporating student discussions of field-based experiences.

The Early Childhood Program, from the first semester to final student teaching, is carefully crafted to provide students with the knowledge and dispositions of highly effective early childhood educators. This program can lead to Massachusetts Early Childhood (Prek-2) Teacher of Students With or Without Disabilities Initial Licensure upon successful completion.

Our program:

  • Offers start times for students in the summer, fall, or spring semesters.
  • May be completed within three semesters by full-time students.
  • Also offers part-time enrollment.
  • Includes both licensure and non-licensure options.

Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jane Lannak,, 617-353-3410
Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237

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

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