| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education major offered by the Education Department prepares candidates for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial License as a teacher of children in public school classrooms, Pre-K 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 include a wide variety of field settings. Students attend different and varied schools in urban, rural, and suburban settings. They 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, Pre-K-2)
Requirements for a major in early childhood education: 45 credits
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, liberal studies, environmental science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, or visual and performing arts.Admission to the Early Childhood Education Major Early Childhood Education majors seeking the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial License will progress through a 3-stage process. Each stage must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.
Stage III: Early Childhood Education Major – Practicum
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 Massachusetts 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
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 that addresses the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care's Core Teacher Competencies. A list of possible courses is available in the Education Department. Admission into the Early Education and Care MajorEarly education and care students will progress through a 3-stage process. Each stage within this track must be satisfactorily completed before passage to the next stage.Stage I: Early Education and Care
Stage II: Admission into Early Education and Care
Stage III: Early Education and Care Practicum
This program provides preparation for certification through the state 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.
Regulations for teacher licensure are currently under review by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a result, the Education Department major and minor programs may be subject to change at any time.