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!
- 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
All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply
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
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 licenseECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early ChildhoodECH 520 - Learning Through PlayECH 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Early Childhood Education (Pre-Practicum)ECH 565 - Reflective Seminar in Early Childhood EducationECH 560 - Practicum in Early Childhood EducationEDN 500 - Child and Adolescent DevelopmentEDN 530 - Sheltered English ImmersionOREDN 575 - Data LiteracyELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary EducationRDL 500 - Early Literacy DevelopmentRDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult LiteratureSPE 505 - Inclusive Education
Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits
*Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor
Electives - 12 cr.ECH 520 - Learning Through PlayEDN 500 - Child and Adolescent DevelopmentELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary EducationRDL 500 - Early Literacy DevelopmentRDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult LiteratureECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early ChildhoodSPE 505 - Inclusive Education
Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits
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