Early Childhood

  • SED EC 206: Jumpstart: Preschool Service Learning
    This course is designed to provide background information about preschoolers' development, with a focus on literacy and social development. Successful interventions in preschool classrooms. The course also provides information about the overall context of the achievement gap and related issues. Open to Jumpstart corps members only. 2 cr. Effective Fall 2023, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • SED EC 305: Child Development and Early Childhood Education
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101; Stamped approval required. Wheelock Students Only
    Analyzes the physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional domains of development in young children from birth to middle childhood. Includes both descriptive information (milestones) and theory (processes accounting for development) and stresses application of these to early education. Prereq: CAS PS 101. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I.
    • Social Inquiry I
  • SED EC 350: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    Presents key topics in early childhood education so that students establish basic understandings of the field, including: historical foundations, the role of the teacher, nature of the young child and the role of play in early education. This course is designed for students who are majors in Early Childhood Education or are considering this field of study. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • SED EC 405: Preschool Curriculum and Fieldwork
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED ED 200 and SED EC 305; Stamped approval required.
    Supervised teaching of 2.93-to-5-year-olds. Emphasis on applying knowledge of development and child observation skills to planning curriculum, guiding behavior, arranging a classroom environment, and adapting teaching to special learners, including English language learners, in a play-based setting. Fldwk w/ seminar. Instructor permission required. 8 cr.
  • SED EC 453: Early Childhood Practicum K
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED EC 350 and SED EC 405; Stamped approval required.
    Develops competency in reading and language skills, social studies and science education, basic elements of curriculum design, and the institutional policies and practices of early childhood education. Includes 100 hours of supervised student teaching in a public school kindergarten classroom. Fldwk w/ seminar. Instructor permission required. 8 cr.
  • SED EC 502: Special Topics in Early Childhood Education
    Graduate Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only.
    Open to graduate students only. Focuses on a topic of current interest in early childhood education. Master's students may take this course for credit toward their degrees.
  • SED EC 506: Current Issues & Early Childhood Education
    Topics pertinent to current educational issues and practices concerning Early Childhood Education. Policy, pedagogical practices, and educational philosophies are among the topics. Course focus varies in response to opportunities such as exhibits and prominent changes in educational research. 2cr.
  • SED EC 507: Role of Play in Early Child Education
    Examines theories of play and the r. Role of play in cognitive, affective, and social development of the child. Strategies for applying research on playful learning in classrooms are explored; play and creativity. Field observation and analysis. 4 cr.
  • SED EC 510: Preschool Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Stamped approval required.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Stamped approval required.
    Required in provisional certification program for majors. Includes 150 hours of supervised teaching of 3-to-5-year-olds. Emphasis on curriculum development, instructional planning, classroom management, assessment/evaluation, and adaption of teaching to special learners.
  • SED EC 511: Field Experiences in Early Childhood Curriculum and Prepracticum
    Seminars and fieldwork in early childhood classrooms. Seminars examine instructional practices in literacy and language arts, social science, and science. Includes 100 hours of field experience in a public school kindergarten classroom. Fldwk w/ seminar. 4 cr, var cr.
  • SED EC 512: Early Childhood Prek/K Fieldwork
    Undergraduate Corequisites: SED EC 513.
    Students work with preschool/ kindergarten grade children and families to integrate theories of child development and culturally responsive developmentally appropriate practice. Students assume increasing responsibility for the management of the classroom, preparation of the environment, and implementation of curriculum.
  • SED EC 513: Prek/K Seminar: Integrating Theory, Practice, and Reflection
    Undergraduate Corequisites: SED EC 512.
    The integrative seminar, Prek-K, introduces students to the roles and ethical responsibilities of the early childhood educator. Students will examine the role of the teacher in creating learning environments that are responsive to all children.
  • SED EC 516: Early Childhood Curriculum and Practicum, K
    Graduate Prerequisites: SED EC 611; Stamped approval required. Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites. Graduate students only.
    Includes reading and the other language arts, social science and science education, as well as basic elements of curriculum design, instruction, assessment, and classroom management in early childhood classrooms, K-2. Application in field settings. Graduate Prereq: SED EC 611; Stamped approval required. Open only to matriculated graduate students who have completed prerequisites. Graduate students only. Fldwk w/ seminar. 4 cr.
  • SED EC 540: Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum: Literacy, Social Studies and Arts
    Curriculum development, lesson planning and assessment utilizing integrated, inclusive, culturally sustaining, inquiry approaches to early childhood curriculum, pre-school through primary. Students critically analyze and adapt existing curriculum and plan original integrated curriculum and assessment in literacy, the arts, and social studies, using national, state, and local standards.
  • SED EC 553: Early Childhood Curriculum and Practicum
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SED EC 453; Approval Required
    Required of students who seek licensure in early childhood education. Supervised student teaching in a 1- 2 classroom (for undergraduates only) including curriculum and planning implementation and evaluation of the learning. Includes twice monthly seminars. Fldwk w/ seminar. Prereq: SED EC 453. 10 cr.
  • SED EC 559: Classroom-Based Assessment of Young Children, Pre k-2
    Prepares individuals working in early childhood to conduct an assessment of children within the classroom. Students will evaluate assessment tools and gain skills necessary for classroom-based assessment. 2 cr
  • SED EC 560: STEM and Inquiry-Based Learning
    Planning for and assessing inquiry-based learning in classrooms prek-2nd grade, with particular emphasis on STEM. Focus on empowering children and co-constructing learning for deep engagement and sense-making. Analyze and apply standards in science, math, and technology.
  • SED EC 571: Socially and Emotionally Affirming Classrooms
    Presents socially/emotionally affirming, culturally responsive classrooms for young children (prek-2nd). Explores supporting children's positive participation, building relationships with children and families, teaching social/emotional skills, developing interventions for children with a history of trauma, and behaviors that impede learning.
  • SED EC 600: Ps Curr/Fldwrk
  • SED EC 605: Topics in Child Development and Education
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Wheelock Students Only
    Graduate Prerequisites: Stamped approval required.
    Analyzes selected aspects of development in young children from birth to middle childhood. In- depth coverage of selected aspects of development in children from birth to seven years. Includes both descriptive information (milestones) and theory (processes accounting for development). Stresses applications of these to early education. Taken concurrently with SED EC 611. Instructor permission required. 4 cr.