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Early Childhood Education Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (36 credits)

    We prepare early childhood educators (PreK-12) to be instructional leaders by providing extensive coursework alongside diverse field experiences. Our programs features research-based instructional practices, including the role of play, and highlights the importance of data-driven decision making. Massachusetts initial licensure is an option for qualified candidates. Gain the Endicott Edge today!

    Program Features
    • 36-credit program
    • Instruction grounded in research and practice
    • Affordable pricing with financial aid available
    • Personal advising
    • MTEL workshops at no additional cost
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: 

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay (750-1000 words) on the following: Please describe your educational philosophy and how you apply this philosophy in your teaching practice. Should you not be a classroom teacher currently, in what ways will your philosophy influence your practices? 
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    Additional Requirements for M.Ed. Leading to Massachusetts Educator Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
    • Design high quality instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments 
    • Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
    • Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
    • Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
    • Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.

    Required Curriculum with MA Initial Licensure

    As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought.  Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director. 

    Note: All courses in the program are required to obtain the Initial license

    ECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood
    ECH 520 - Learning Through Play
    ECH 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Early Childhood Education (Pre-Practicum)
    ECH 565 - Reflective Seminar in Early Childhood Education
    ECH 560 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

    Required Curriculum

    *Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor

    Electives - 12 cr. 

    ECH 520 - Learning Through Play
    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    ECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits

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