Master of Education—Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Carol Donnelly
Phone:  508 929-8667
Email: cdonnelly@worcester.edu

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is designed for students who possess the Initial License or its equivalent, or for those who wish to enhance competence within an existing career in ages  Birth through Age 8. For students who possess the Initial license, the program meets the requirements set by the Massachusetts Department of Education for a teacher of Early Childhood Education (P-2) and can be used toward the Professional Teaching License.

Note: Teachers in the field of Early Childhood Education are certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by two licensing agencies. Public school teachers teaching preschool through grade two are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Teachers who teach at the birth through age eight level in private and Head Start programs are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. It is possible for students to complete many or all of the requirements set by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care for certification as Preschool Teacher, Preschool Lead Teacher, or Director I, Director II.

Prerequisites: Initial License or its equivalent in early childhood education or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an existing career in early childhood education.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

The program consists of the following courses:

Core requirements(10 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-993Seminar: Research in Content Concentration3
ED-992Portfolio Evaluation (to be taken last)1
Pedagogical Courses(9 credits)
ED-910The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education3
EE-912Young Children and Integrated Early Childhood Education Practices3
ED-979Technology and Literacy in the Classroom3
Content Courses(12 credits)
ED-914Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines3
EE-904Exploring Science in Early Childhood Education3
EE-913Social Studies in Early Childhood: Content Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods And Materials3
ED-929Mathematics Assessment and Instruction For Diverse Learners3
Electives(3 credits)
Select one elective of the following or with consent of the program coordinator:3
Spec Topics in Education
The Fine Arts in Early Childhood: Content, Curriculum, Evaluation, Methods and Materials
Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties
Total Credits34