EdM 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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Early Childhood Education students will demonstrate their ability to promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high-quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an ongoing basis, and continuously refining learning objectives.
  • Early Childhood Education students will demonstrate their ability to promote the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment, and demonstrate cultural proficiency.
  • Early Childhood Education students will demonstrate their ability to promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
  • Early Childhood Education students will demonstrate their ability to promote the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
  • Early Childhood Education students will demonstrate the Subject Matter knowledge necessary to teach young children.

There are two options in the degree program. One includes coursework that leads to a recommendation to the state for an initial teaching license in Early Childhood: Pre-K–2. Students who are not seeking an initial teaching license will take the course sequence described in the non-licensure program of study.

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 Wheelock.

All students in the Early Childhood Education program complete fieldwork in diverse early childhood settings—such as preschools, childcare centers, and public schools—located in the Greater Boston area. Field placements are supervised by Wheelock Early Childhood Education faculty, who work in partnership with carefully selected classroom teachers.

Coursework for EdM—Licensure Program of Study

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 48)

Required Courses (32 cr)

  • SED EC 507 Role of Play in Early Childhood Education (4 cr)
  • SED EC 559 Classroom-Based Assessment of Young Children (4 cr)
  • SED EC 605 Topics in Child Development (4 cr)
  • SED ED 502/503 Analysis of the Fundamentals of Teaching (2 cr)
  • SED LR 551 Reading Development, Assessment, Instruction (4 cr)
  • SED ME 544 Early Childhood Mathematics (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED SE 504 Introduction to Early Childhood Disabilities (2 cr)
  • SED TL 520 Teaching English Learners (4 cr)

Field Experience Practicum (16 cr)

Students participate in three field placements. Boston University enjoys longstanding relationships with many urban and suburban school systems in greater Boston that offer our students rewarding field experiences under the guidance of expert teachers and faculty.

  • SED EC 516 Curriculum and Practicum in Early Childhood: K (4 cr)—100 hours of supervised classroom experience, plus two weekly seminars.
  • SED EC 611 Preschool Curriculum & Fieldwork (4 cr)—Students participate in two mornings of fieldwork, plus two weekly seminars.
  • SED EC 653 Early Childhood Seminar & Practicum 1 & 2 (8 cr)—300 hours of supervised classroom experience, plus seminars held every other week.

Coursework for EdM—Non-Licensure Program of Study

Program Requirements (Total Credits: 36)

  • SED EC 507 Role of Play in Early Childhood Education (4 cr)
  • SED EC 510 Preschool Practicum (8 cr)
  • SED EC 511 Field Experiences in Early Childhood Curriculum and Prepracticum (4 or 8 cr)
  • SED EC 559 Classroom-Based Assessment of Young Children, Pre-K–2 (4 cr)
  • SED EC 605 Topics in Child Development & Education (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Electives (4–12 cr)

To be chosen from BU Wheelock or the University at large with your academic advisor’s approval.