CAGS in 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.

Candidates must hold a master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited institution for application to a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program. If accepted into a CAGS program, candidates must complete a minimum of seven and a half graduate-level courses or the equivalent amount of 30 credits that are approved by the advisor and successfully pass a comprehensive examination for program completion.

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. CAGS candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive examination as a part of the CAGS degree. Students must file a formal application for the examination with the Program Director and faculty advisor.

Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL)

The ECLL is a demonstration preschool that serves as a field placement for all early childhood majors and an observation site for teaching and research purposes. Twenty-two children, ages 2.9–5 are in the program; a number of them have first languages other than English. There are microphones strategically placed in the classroom and digital recorders in the Observation Room so that classroom activities can be recorded and analyzed by early childhood faculty and student teachers. In addition, there is a resource center for preparing teaching materials that is available to all early childhood students. For more information, visit the website.