CAGS in Early Childhood Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Early Childhood Education is designed for candidates who are already licensed to teach PreK-2nd grade and who hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. This program is suited for educators who are seeking to develop their knowledge in a particular area within the field of early childhood education. 

You will meet with advisors to construct a plan of coursework that addresses the diverse goals that you may have.

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Curriculum Topics include:

  • Theories and milestones of early childhood social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.
  • The role of play in early childhood development.
  • The design of educational environments, curriculum, and learning materials.
  • Developmentally appropriate methodology related to mathematics, science, reading, and social studies.
  • The application and integration of knowledge and skills through fieldwork.

    Career Outcomes

    The Ed.M. in Early Childhood Education qualifies individuals to support the learning and development of young children in careers such as: 

    • Teaching in public or private school classrooms
    • Providing early childhood programming in museum or other educational settings
    • Providing educational services for families of young children
    • Providing leadership in curriculum development or professional development in early childhood education

    Program Requirements

    • Visit the BU Bulletin for information on this program’s academic requirements.

    Program Faculty

    Nermeen Dashoush, Clinical Assistant Professor

    Ellie Friedland, Clinical Associate Professor

    Jane Lannak, Clinical Associate Professor

    Karen Murphy, Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor

    Contact Info

    For more information about this program and requirements for admission, please contact Program Director, Dr. Karen Murphy,

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