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Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Concentration

  • Program Overview

    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. Students receive free preparation for the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) as part of the program.

    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

    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • BIO 115/115L - Biosphere and Lab (Cr: 4)
    • ED 010 - Communication and Literacy Test Prep Workshop (Cr: 0)
    • ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
    • ED 102 - Curriculum Theory and Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 111 - Clinical Field Based Experience I (Cr: 2)
    • HST 101 - Western Civilization I (Cr: 3)
    • HST 102 - Western Civilization II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies World Cultures General Education Requirement
    • 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)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • ED 020 - Foundations of Reading Test Prep Workshop (Cr: 0)
    • ED 030 - Subject Matter Test Prep Workshop (Cr: 0)
    • ED 201 - Foundations of Reading (Cr: 3)
    • ED 203 - Inclusionary Practices in Educational Settings (Cr: 3)
    • ED 207 - Strategies of Teaching Early Childhood Curriculum (Cr: 3)
    • ED 210 - Integrating Technology into the Classroom (Cr: 3)
    • ED 211 - Clinical Field Based Experience II (Cr: 2)
    • ED 215 - Creative Arts in the Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies General Education Requirement above the 100 level
    • ED 221 - Emergent Literacy Instruction (Cr: 3)
    • ED 330/330L - Sheltered English Immersion (Cr: 3)
    • ED 339 - Classroom Assessment (Cr: 3)
    • ENG 312 - Literature for Children (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement
    • PSY 204 - Child Growth and Development (Cr: 3)

    Junior - Credits: 32

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Global Issues General Education Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • ED 229 - Literacy Methods (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)
    • 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 113 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Individual & Society General Education Requirement

    Senior - Credits: 28

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

    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)