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; and
  • The application and integration of knowledge and skills through fieldwork and the development of curriculum and learning materials.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will be assigned an Early Childhood Education faculty member as an advisor. This assures that you receive individual, consistent, and informed advisement throughout your experience at SED. The program meets the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requirements for an initial teaching license in Early Childhood:  Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities Pre-K–2. Students who are not interested in licensure develop an individualized program of study in coordination with their faculty advisors.

All students in the Early Childhood Education graduate programs complete one semester of fieldwork in the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL). The ECLL is a laboratory and demonstration preschool affiliated with and located at the School of Education. The school enrolls 20 children, ages 2–5, whose families live in the local neighborhood. The children are taught by licensed early childhood teachers.

The preschool program employs an innovative, inquiry-based approach to curriculum design. Teachers determine a topic of study that relates to the children’s interests. The concepts or big ideas of this topic are decided upon, and activities are designed to teach those concepts. Teachers continually monitor the children’s engagement in the activities, documenting their comments, questions, and interactions in order to make ongoing adjustments to the plan and the environment. You will work closely with the teachers, meeting and planning with them, and implementing their plans with their guidance and support.

The ECLL classrooms are equipped with video recording equipment, which enables the staff to regularly record each student’s work in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to view the recording to reflect on your teaching performance. In addition, you will meet with your faculty advisor to review the information and discuss your growth in your teaching skills. Our students also observe lead teachers and children from the adjacent Observation Room where you can listen through headphones and view the classroom through the one-way viewing windows.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Early Childhood Education.
  • Start Time: You can start this program in the summer, fall or spring semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of the program and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may be licensed at the initial level for Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities Pre-K–2.
  • Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this program.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Jane Lannak, jlannak@bu.edu, 617-353-3410
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

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.