Early Education and Care Program

(Early Intervention, Head Start, Private Preschool, and Group Day Care)

The Early Childhood Education major prepares students to enter the field of Early Education and Care and work in areas such as Early Intervention, Head Start, private preschoo,l and group day care. The program integrates studies in liberal arts and sciences with the guidelines and standards presented by the MA Department of Early Education and Care. Fieldwork accompanies most education courses and is a necessary component of the program. A course waiver process is available for transfer students and articulation agreements are in place with regional community colleges.

Admission into the Early Education and Care Major

Early Education and Care students will progress through a three-stage process. Each stage within this track must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage. 

Stage I: Early Education and Care

  1. Students demonstrate competence in communication skills by completing the following course with a grade of C or higher.

    EN-102English Composition II (or equivalent)3
  2. Students must submit a CORI application and be approved prior to beginning classroom observations in the Worcester Public Schools. No student is allowed to do fieldwork unless approval of the CORI has been received from the state.

  3. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher AND earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

    ED-160Early Childhood Education Today3
    ED-206Young Children, Lerning and Special Needs3
    ED-211Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Fine Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum3
    ED-214Emergent Literacy3
  4. Any departure from the prescribed program of study must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

Stage II: Admission into Early Education and Care

  1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage I requirements, the student is eligible to apply for formal admission to the Early Education and Care Program. The application must include transcripts of all previous course work. Approval by the Education Department is necessary for a student to progress to Stage II.

    During Stage II, students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher.  Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.

    ED-307Ece - Science3
    ED-308ECE - Mathematics3
    ED-340Language Arts & Literacy for the Primary Grades3
    ED-386Assessment and Adjustment in Practice In Early Childhood Education3

Stage III: Early Education and Care Practicum

  1. ED-313Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Preschool/Kindergarten3
    ED-319Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education 13
    ED-400Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Preschool Through Grade 2 13
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    90 credits must be completed prior to taking ED-319. ED-400 should be taken as a corequisite with ED-313.

  2. Students must apply for formal admission to ED-313 and ED-319. This application will be reviewed and acted upon by the Licensure Officer. Additional information regarding formal application for the advanced practicum is available from the Education Department.

This program provides preparation for certification through the Department of Early Education and Care as a Lead Teacher for Preschool.

Note: This program does not lead to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education public school licensure. Students who complete this program and apply to the WSU post-baccalaureate non-degree initial licensure program must provide evidence that they have worked in the field for 3 years. Any departure from the prescribed program of study must have approval from the Department Chair and/or the Associate Dean of Education.

Requirements for Early Education and Care:


33 Credits
 

Prerequisite Course(0 credits)
Developmental Psychology
Required Courses(33 credits)
ED-160Early Childhood Education Today3
ED-206Young Children, Lerning and Special Needs3
ED-211Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Fine Arts in Early Childhood Curriculum3
ED-214Emergent Literacy3
ED-307Ece - Science3
ED-308ECE - Mathematics3
ED-313Practicum in Early Childhood Education: Preschool/Kindergarten3
ED-319Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education3
ED-340Language Arts & Literacy for the Primary Grades3
ED-386Assessment and Adjustment in Practice In Early Childhood Education3
ED-400Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Preschool Through Grade 23
Recommended Courses(0 credits)
Best Practices for English Language Learners
Health and Nutrition
or HE-140
Creative Arts and Health
Number and Operations for Teachers
Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers
Total Credits33

Students are required to take specific liberal arts and science courses to satisfy foundation and distribution requirements. Students can meet with their advisors and/or consult their degree audit through WebAdvisor.

Early Education and Care majors must either complete an academic major in the arts or sciences approved by the Education Department OR complete a cluster of 30 credits of course work which address the MA Department of Early Education and Care's Core Teacher Competencies. A list of possible courses is available in the Education Department.