• Master of Education
    in Early Childhood Education

    The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education program at Worcester State University helps you become a highly trained professional who is committed to meeting the educational and developmental needs of young children in school and child care settings.

    Our well-established program is designed for working adults. It offers two degree options: the professional license track, for teachers who possess their initial license in early childhood education, and the professional development (non-licensure) track, for professionals who wish to advance their career in early childhood education and care.

    You’ll learn from accomplished professors—many of whom are active practitioners in the field—as you experience our program’s balance of content and pedagogy. You’ll expand your perspective and gain valuable insight through collaborations with faculty and fellow students. You also will conduct a research project on a topic in early childhood education of interest to you. As you progress through our program, you’ll record your achievements in an electronic portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your mastery of all program competencies, but also showcases your professional development.

    Graduates of our program have gone on to rewarding careers as teachers (preschool - grade 2), child care providers, and early intervention specialists in settings across the state, including preschools, elementary schools, nursery schools, and day cares.

  • Application Requirements
    In addition to the WSU Graduate School’s general application requirements, applicants must already possess an initial or professional license in early childhood education or a degree and professional experience in early education and care to be accepted into the program. (Courses offered in this program satisfy the requirements for the Massachusetts Professional License in Early Childhood Education).
    Program of Study

    Core Requirements (10 Credits)

    • ED 981 Advanced Foundations of Education (3 credits)
    • ED 982 Research in Education (3 credits)
    • ED 993 Seminar: Research in the Content Concentration (3 credits)
    • ED 992 Portfolio Evaluation (1 credit)

    Content Courses (15 Credits)

    • ED 971 Balanced Literacy and Technology in the 21st Century (3 credits)
    • ED 914 Reading in the Content Areas (3 credits)
    • ED 929 Math Assessment and Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • EE 904 Science Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)
    • EE 913 Social Studies, Content, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (3 credits)

    Diversity, Equity, and Differentiated Instruction Courses (6 Credits)

    • ED 971 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3 credits)
    • ED 910 The Child, Family, Community, and Diversity in Education (3 credits)

    Elective (3 Credits)
    Students choose one elective with approval from their advisor.