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 preschool, early intervention, nursery school, day care, kindergarten, or first through second grade. 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 preschool level in day care and nursery school 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

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with Literacy Concentration

The program consists of the following courses:

Core requirements(10 credits)
ED-981Advanced Foundations of Education3
ED-982Research in Education3
ED-983Theory and Reasearch in Reading3
ED-984Reading Portfolio (to be taken last)1
Reading Content Courses(21 credits)
ED-911Advanced Foundations of Literacy3
or EE-911 Early Literacy for Young Children
ED-918Reading As Language: Teaching Literacy to English Language Learners3
ED-979Technology and Literacy in the Classroom3
ED-914Teaching and Learning Literacy Across Multiple Disciplines3
ER-903Teaching Writing to Striving Readers3
EE-915Detection and Remediation of Early Reading Difficulties3
ED-917Diagnosis, Analysis, and Remediation of Reading Difficulties in the Middle and Upper Grades3
Electives(3 credits)
Select one elective chosen with consent of the program coordinator3
Requirement for Reading Licensure Option(9 credits)
Candidates must pass the Reading Specialist MTEL before registering for the 150 hour practicum.
ED-915Leadership in Literacy: Consultation, Administration and Supervision3
ED-919Reading Practicum/Internship6
Total Credits43