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  • Early Childhood Education

    Early Childhood Education Major

    The Early Childhood Education major prepares candidates for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial License as a teacher of children in public school classrooms, PK through grade 2. The program of studies is based upon a broad liberal arts foundation and an integrated professional teacher preparation program. A course waiver process is available for transfer students where appropriate. Fieldwork accompanies most education courses and is a necessary component of the program. Student pre-practicum experiences should include a wide variety of field settings. Students should attend different and varied schools in urban, rural and suburban settings. They should also vary their placements and grade levels in different school buildings within districts to insure a well rounded experience.

    The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is embedded in the program at various stages and must be passed for completion of the program and licensure.

    Early Childhood Education Major Teacher Licensure
    Program (Massachusetts Public Schools, (PK-2)


    Requirements for a Major in Early Childhood Education leading to MA
    Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial Licensure (PK-2):
    39 credits

    • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today
    • ED 200 Best Practices for English Language Learners
    • ED 206 Young Children, Learning and Special Needs
    • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts into Early Childhood Education Curriculum
    • ED 286 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children
    • ED 307 ECE: Science
    • ED 308 ECE: Mathematics
    • ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
    • ED 314 Early Literacy with Young Children
    • ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
    • ED 405 Classroom Management and Child Guidance Techniques in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 430 Practicum in Primary Education (6 credits)

    Prerequisite Courses:

    • MA 130 Numbers and Operations for Teachers
    • PS 210 Developmental Psychology

    Recommended Courses:

    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition OR
    • HE 100 Personal Health
    • MA 132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers

    Students are required to take specific liberal arts and science courses to satisfy foundation and distribution requirements.

    Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure majors must also complete an academic major in Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Natural Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, or Visual and Performing Arts.

    Admission to the Early Childhood Education Major
    Early Childhood Education majors seeking the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial License will progress through a three-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.
     
    Stage I: Early Childhood Major

    1. Students demonstrate competence in communication skills by completing the following course with a grade of C or higher.
          • EN 102 English Composition II (or equivalent)
    2. Students demonstrate competence in Math with a grade of C or higher in the following course:
          • MA 130 Numbers and Operations for Teachers
    3. Students must submit a Criminal Offender Records Information (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.
    4. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
          • PS 210 Developmental Psychology
          • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today (10 hours fieldwork)
          • ED 206 Young Children, Learning, and Special Needs (15 hours fieldwork)
          • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts in Early Childhood Education (12 hours fieldwork)
          • ED 286 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children (5 hours fieldwork)          
    5. Students must receive a passing score on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills Test.
    6. Any departure from the prescribed program of study for teacher licensure must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.


    Stage II: Admission into the Early Childhood Licensure Program   

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

    1. During Stage II, students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher AND earn a cumulative GPA of 2.7. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.
          •ED 200 Best Practices for English Language Learners
          •ED 307 ECE: Science (10 hours fieldwork)
          •ED 308 ECE: Math (10 hours fieldwork)
          •ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
          •ED 314 Early Literacy with Young Children (10 hours fieldwork)
          •ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades (10 hours fieldwork)
    2. After completing 90 credits of academic work, students may apply for formal admission into ED 313: Practicum in PK Education. This application will be reviewed and acted upon by the Licensure Officer. Additional information regarding formal application for the Preschool practicum is available from the Education Department.

     
    Stage III: Early Childhood Education Major – Practicum

    1. Upon satisfactory completion of Stage II requirements, students are eligible to apply for formal admission into ED 430: Practicum in Primary Education (Corequisite ED 405).
    2. Students must have attained senior standing (90 credits of course work) to complete the Primary Practicum.
    3. This application will be reviewed and acted upon by the Licensure Officer.
    4. Students convicted of a felony may be denied admission to student teaching.
    5. Students must have received a passing score on all portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (Communication and Literacy, Early Childhood, and Foundations of Reading).

    Additional information regarding formal application for the Primary Practicum is available from the Education Department.

    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 preschool 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.

    Requirements for Early Education and Care: 33 Credits

    • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today
    • ED 206 Young Children, Learning, and Special Needs
    • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts into ECE Curriculum
    • ED 286 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children
    • ED 307 ECE: Science
    • ED 308 ECE: Math
    • ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
    • ED 314 Early Literacy with Young Children
    • ED 319 Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
    • ED 400 Inclusive ECE

    Prerequisite Course:

    • PS 210 Development Psychology

    Recommended Courses:

    • ED 200 Best Practices for English Language Learners.
    • HE 120 Health and Nutrition OR
    • HE 140 Creative Arts and Health
    • MA 130 Numbers and Operations for Teachers
    • MA 132 Geometry, Measurement, Probability and Statistics for Teachers

    Students are required to take specific liberal arts and science courses to satisfy foundation and distribution requirements. See the student's advisor and consult degree audit.

    Early Education and Care majors must either complete an academic major in the arts or sciences offered at Worcester State University and approved by the 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.

    Admission to Early Education and Care
    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 102 English Composition II (or equivalent)
    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 in AND earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
      • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today
      • ED 206 Young Children, Learning, and Special Needs
      • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social studies and the Arts in Early Childhood Education
      • ED 286 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children
    4. Any departure from the prescribed program of study must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

    Stage II: 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 a satisfactory physical examination, and transcripts of all previous coursework. 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.

    Stage II will consist of the following courses. Fieldwork accompanies the following methods courses.

    • ED 307 ECE: Science
    • ED 308 ECE: Math
    • ED 314 Early Literacy with Young Children
    • ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades

    Stage III: Early Education and Care  

    1. ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
      *ED 319 Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education
      ED 400 Inclusive Early Childhood Education
      * 90 credits must be completed prior to taking ED 319. ED 400 should be taken as a corequisite with ED 319.
    2. Students must apply for formal admission to ED 313 and ED 319: Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education. 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.