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Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Concentration

  • Program Overview

    Working with children and supporting their development requires rigorous classroom training and abundant field experience. That's exactly what you'll get at Endicott.

    The licensure concentration in early childhood education meets the most recent regulations for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: A liberal arts degree combined with a concentration in early childhood education (PreK-grade 2). The program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, you will have completed all of the requirements necessary to receive an initial license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and are eligible to pursue licensure in many other states.

    In addition to coursework that focuses on learning theories, concepts, and strategies for young learners, you will complete two internships in your freshman and sophomore years in a range of school settings, a sophomore and junior field experience connected to your literacy and English Language Learners education courses, followed by a junior year pre-practicum and senior year full practicum experience. Our director of field placements will work with you to secure field placements that allow you to explore your interests while gaining real experiences and building your resume.

    an early childhood education student looking at a kid's butterfly drawing
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 126

    Freshman - Credits: 34

    • Liberal Studies Elective 1   (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 115/115L - Biosphere and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ED 010 - Communication/Literacy Lab (Cr: 0)
    • ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
    • ED 102 - Curriculum Theory and Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • HST 101 - Western Civilization I (Cr: 3)
      or
    • HST 102 - Western Civilization II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies World Cultures General Education Requirement
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • MTH 106 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement
    • MTH 107 - Principles of Mathematics for Educators II (Cr: 3)
    • PHY 116/116L - Nature of the Universe and Lab (Cr: 4)
      Satisfies Science and Technology General Education Requirement

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • ED 020 - Foundations of Reading Lab (Cr: 0)
    • ED 030 - Subject Matter Lab (Cr: 0)
    • ED 201/201L - Foundations of Reading and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
    • ED 203 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (Cr: 3)
    • ED 207 - Strategies of Teaching Early Childhood Curriculum (Cr: 3)
    • ED 210 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (Cr: 3)
    • ED 215 - Creative Arts in the Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies General Education Requirement above the 100 level
    • ED 230 - The Early Childhood Pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, Italy (Cr: 3)
    • ED 221 - Emergent Literacy Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 229 - Literacy Methods (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 312 - Literature for Children (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
    • PSY 204 - Child Growth and Development (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Individual and Society General Education Requirement

    Junior - Credits: 32

    • Liberal Studies Elective 2    (Cr: 3)
    • ED 301 - Math Methods and Field Experience (Cr: 3)
    • ED 302 - Science Methods (Cr: 3)
    • ED 303 - Pre-Practicum Field Experience (Cr: 1)
    • ED 306 - Social Studies Methods (Cr: 3)
    • ED 308 - Early Childhood Methods (Cr: 3)
    • ED 321 - Junior Transitions (Cr: 1)
    • ED 330/330L - Sheltered English Immersion (Cr: 3)
    • ED 339 - Classroom Assessment (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 226 - Early American History and Literature (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies General Education Requirement above the 100 level
    • LSE 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • POL 213 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Global Issues General Education Requirement

    Senior - Credits: 28

    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • General Education Electives    (Cr: 6)
    • Liberal Studies Elective 3  (Cr: 3)
    • EC 400 - Senior Transition (Cr: 1)
    • ED 401 - Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education (Cr: 12)
    • LSE 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Liberal Studies Electives

    Liberal Studies Electives 1, 2 & 3:

    Choose three courses from the following areas. At least one needs to be at the 300 level or above:

    American Studies
    Applied Behavior Analysis
    Arabic
    Art 
    Chinese
    Communication
    Criminal Justice
    Economics
    English
    French
    Geography
    History
    Human Services
    International Studies
    Italian
    Liberal Studies
    Mathematics
    Music
    Philosophy 
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Religion
    Sociology
    Spanish

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the education program, students will:

    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
    • Communicate effectively in written form following the academic conventions of the discipline. 
    • Document and exhibit pre-service competency on each of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers (PST)
    • Demonstrate subject matter knowledge in the liberal arts--literature, history, science, math, psychology, geography and government--in keeping with the characteristics of a "highly qualified teacher."  
    • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the significant approaches, practices, and programs for developing reading skills and reading comprehension.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step.

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Fifth Year Master's and Endicott Fellows Program

As a graduate of the early childhood education program, you may apply to be an Endicott Fellow, completing a year-long fellowship on staff in a partnering school while receiving a tuition-free master's degree. Or, apply to complete a master's degree in education in one year of study beginning the summer after graduation.

Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities

If you choose to enroll in our early childhood or elementary education licensure programs, you will have the opportunity to complete courses and MTEL that lead to the Massachusetts license in moderate disabilities (PreK-8)