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Graduate Program

Early Childhood Education

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the Early Childhood Education MAT, and will admit no new MAT students into the teacher preparation program for enrollment in the fall semester of 2017.

PreK - Grade 2 Initial Teacher Licensure

Students in the teacher licensing programs engage in a multidisciplinary study of poverty's effects on children and families, immigrant families and their young dual language learners, social policies effecting children and families, as well as specific pedagogical and content knowledge for teaching urban-residing children in language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, engineering, technology, social studies, and the arts. In addition and with extensive practical experiences in our lab school and in the classrooms of our partnering urban public schools students come to integrate a developing theoretical understanding of the unique needs of young learners with the practice of teaching.

Students completing a teacher licensing program receive a license in Early Childhood Teaching Children with and without Special Needs. This means that graduates, upon receiving their license, are fully qualified to teach typically developing children as well as children with special needs in preschool to second grade classrooms. All students also receive the Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) endorsement, having met the RETELL requirement now in effect in the state of Massachusetts. Furthermore, by completing the relevant coursework and placements, students may also be eligible for receiving secondary licenses in English as a Second Language and Mild-Moderate Disabilities.

For current information on Massachusetts teacher licensure requirements and courses offered, please contact Dr. Cynthia Ballenger, Professional Development Coordinator for Early Childhood Education.