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Early Childhood Education MajorThe 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 LicensureProgram (Massachusetts Public Schools, (PK-2)Requirements for a Major in Early Childhood Education leading to MADepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education Initial Licensure (PK-2): 39 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, Natural Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, or Visual and Performing Arts.Admission to the Early Childhood Education MajorEarly 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
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.
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 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
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 orcomplete 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 CareEarly 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
Stage II: Early Education and Care
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.
Stage III: Early Education and Care
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.