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  • 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

    • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today
    • ED 206 Young Children, Learning and Special Needs
    • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts into Early Childhood Education Curriculum
    • ED 214 Emergent Literacy
    • ED 304 Best Practices for English Language Learners
    • ED 307 ECE: Science
    • ED 308 ECE: Mathematics
    • ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
    • ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
    • ED 386 Assessment and Adjustment to Practice in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 400 Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Preschool Grade 2
    • 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, 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 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. Before completion of ED 160, students must be fingerprinted through the Massachusetts designated agency (Morpho Trust USA Idento GO). Additional information regarding fingerprinting is available in the Education Department.
    4. Students demonstrate potential for teaching children by completing all of the following courses with a grade of C+ or higher and earning a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
      • PS 210 Developmental Psychology
      • ED 160 Early Childhood Education Today (5 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 206 Young Children, Learning, and Special Needs (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 211 Integrating Science, Social Studies and the Arts in Early Childhood Education (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 214 Emergent Literacy (10 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
    1. 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.

      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 304 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 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades (10 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 386 Assessment and Adjustment to Practice in Early Childhood Education (5 hours fieldwork)
      • ED 400 Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Pre-school Grade 2
       
    2. After completing 90 credits of academic work, students may apply for formal admission into ED 313: Practicum in Pre-K Education (core-requisite ED 400). 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 received a passing score on all portions of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (Communication and Literacy, Early Childhood, and Foundations of Reading).
    3. Students must have attained senior standing (90 credits of course work) to complete the Primary Practicum.
    4. This application will be reviewed and acted upon by the licensure officer.
    5. Students convicted of a felony may be denied admission to student teaching.

    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

    • 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 214 Early Literacy with Young Children
    • ED 307 ECE: Science
    • ED 308 ECE: Math
    • ED 313 Practicum in Preschool Education
    • ED 319 Advanced Field Experience in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
    • ED 386 Assessment of Development and Learning of Typical and Atypical Children
    • ED 400 Inclusive ECE

    Prerequisite Course:

    • PS 210 Development Psychology

    Recommended Courses:

    • ED 304 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 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 Major
    Early 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

    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 214 Emergent Literacy
       
    4. Any departure from the prescribed program of study must have Waiver Committee approval prior to advancement to Stage II.

    Stage II: Admission into 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 transcripts of all previous course work. 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 340 Language Arts and Literacy for the Primary Grades
      • ED 386 Assessment and Adjustment to Practice in Early Childhood Education
       

    Stage III: Early Education and Care Practicum

    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 313.
    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 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.

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