Graduate Department of Early Childhood Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Cheryl Render Brown, Chair and Associate Professor

David Fernie, Professor

Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor

Deborah Keefe, Instructor

Diane Levin, Professor

Amy Phillips Losso, Associate Professor

Satu Mehta, Instructor

Romana Mohiuddin, Instructor

Karen Murphy, Associate Professor

Janet Nicholson-Cronin, Instructor

Bobbi Rosenquest, Associate Professor

Susan Shainker, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) for Initial Licensure
Master of Science in Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings

MS/Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) for Initial Licensure/37 credits

The 37-credit Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) Master’s Program is designed to prepare professionals who wish to pursue careers in public schools, child care programs, Head Start programs, and community- or corporate-based early care and education settings. Students develop skills in curriculum design, observation and assessment, communication, collaboration, responding to diverse learning styles, and classroom management. Emphasis is placed on a commitment to equity in a multi-racial and multicultural society, working in partnership with families, fully integrating children with special needs into the learning environment, and collaboration with community agencies. This program leads to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (PreK-2) Initial Licensure. This license enables educators to work in diverse settings, including inclusive pre-K-2 public school settings and early childhood programs serving children ages 3-8 in public and private settings. To be eligible for state licensure through this program, students must meet all program requirements, including passing the required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).

Learning outcomes for the Early Childhood Education major

Students will:

  • Be committed and able to work effectively with diverse and changing children, families, schools, and communities.
  • Understand constructivist, traditional and inclusive approaches while meeting required standards
  • Apply theoretical principles to their practice
  • Be aware of current research and its implications for practice
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work effectively with all young children and their families
  • Comprehend national/regional policies and policies and standards/ assessment impact early childhood education
  • Be leaders and advocates for high quality early childhood education and social justice
Requirements
Core Courses 9 credits
HDF 504 Child Development: The Early Years or
HDF 501 Lifespan Development: Birth through
Adolescence/3 cr
EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities/3 cr
RES 651 Action Research I/1 cr
RES 652 Action Research II/2 cr
Program Courses 24 Credits
EDU 520 Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education/3 cr
RDG 537 Teaching Reading/3 cr
EDU 535 Developing Numeracy for Diverse Learners/3 cr
MLE 501 Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I: Second Language Acquisition in Context/3 cr
Practicum Core I:
EDU 522 Curriculum for EC Social Studies & Arts (fall only)/3 cr
EDU 528 Impact of Special Needs: ECE (fall only)/2 cr
EDP 521 Practicum & Seminar: ECE PreK/K/3 cr or
EDP 526 Practicum & Seminar ECE 1st/2nd/3 cr and
MLE 502 Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: Early Childhood Literacy and Content Instruction (taken with EDP 526)/3 cr
Practicum Core II:
EDU 525 Curriculum for ECE Science, Technology & Health (spring only)/3 cr
EDP 521 Practicum & Seminar: ECE PreK, K/3 cr or
EDP 526 Practicum & Seminar: ECE, 1st/2nd/3 cr and
MLE 502 Effective Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: Early Childhood Literacy and Content Instruction (taken with EDP 526)/3 cr
Completion of Program:
EDU 702 Capstone Course 1 credit

M.S. / Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings/30 credits

Care and Education in Early Childhood Setting, a 30 credit master’s program is designed for students who will work with young children from 2.8 to 8 years of age in public, private and parochial care and education settings as care givers, classroom teachers, lead teachers, directors, and/or family liaison workers. This program prepares students to work with an increasingly diverse population of children, families and communities.

The Care and Education program has two different options: one for beginning early childhood education practitioners and one for continuing practitioners.

Beginning practitioners typically are students without an academic background in early education who want to pursue careers outside of a public school setting. This program includes foundation courses in early childhood education including children with special needs, child development, early childhood curricula and multicultural issues.

Certification: Depending on their course of study, students completing the Beginning Practitioner option may use their course experience to qualify for the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) lead teacher credential. This program does not lead to institutional endorsement for a PreK-2 teacher license issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Continuing practitioners are students who want to increase their breadth of knowledge of early childhood education and may have already obtained an initial teaching license or have an academic background in early education at one age level.

Certification: Students who have a Massachusetts initial Early Childhood PreK-2 license, the master’s degree, and who complete a state approved 12-credit certificate(in Advancing Math Content Knowledge for Grades 1-6, Advancing Science Content for Grades 1-6, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ESL, Reading or Special Education)as part of their program, may advance their license to the professional level after teaching for three years and completing all state requirements. Depending on students’ prior experience and course of study at Wheelock, the Continuing Practitioner option may lead to DEEC Director I certification

Learning outcomes for the Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings major:

Students will:

  • Be committed and able to work effectively with diverse and changing children, families, schools, and communities.
  • Understand constructivist, traditional and inclusive approaches while meeting required standards
  • Apply theoretical principles to their practice
  • Be aware of current research and its implications for practice
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work effectively with all young children and their families
  • Comprehend national/regional policies and policies and standards/ assessment impact early childhood education
  • Be leaders and advocates for high quality early childhood education and social justice
Requirements: Beginning Practitioner Option
Core Courses 9 credits
HDF 504 Child Development: The Early Years or
HDF 501 Lifespan Development: Birth through Adolescence/3 cr
EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities*/3 cr
Research Selective/3 cr
Program Courses 15 credits
EDU 520 Introduction to Inclusive ECE/3 cr
RDG 537 Teaching Reaching/3 cr
EDU 528 Impact of Special Needs: ECE/2 cr
EDU 522 Curriculum for EC Social Studies and Arts or
EDU 525 Curriculum for ECE Science, Technology & Health/3 cr
EDP 530 Field Experience & Seminar in ECE/3 cr
EDU 655 Capstone: Care and Education/1 cr
Focus of Study 6 Credits
All students must do a focus of study consisting of six credits in related area and drawing from an approved list of focus courses. A focus of study can be selected from the following options or can be constructed by the student in consultation with their academic advisor. All foci of study must be approved by and planned with the academic advisor. Individual courses cannot be used to meet more than one program requirement.

Suggested Areas of Focus

  • Early Child Care Environments
  • Family Communication and Support
  • Expressive Arts
  • Math, Science and Technology
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Curriculum Development
  • Early Childhood Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Leadership, Policy and Administration
Requirements: Continuing Practitioner Option  
Core Courses 9 credits
Human Development Selective or
Specialization specific HD course/3 cr
EDU 505 Racial and Cultural Identities*/3 cr
*Racial and Cultural Identities is waived if already taken as a Wheelock undergraduate student Research Selective/3 cr
Program Courses 15 credits
CFS 618 Cont. Issues in Child and Family Studies/3 cr
EDU 528 Impact of Special Needs: ECE/2 cr
EDU 522 Curriculum for ECE Social Studies/Arts or
EDU 525 Curriculum for ECE Science/Tech/Health/3 cr
(if student selects some specialization options a different curriculum course may be substituted)
Language/Literacy Selective or Specialization Content Course /3 cr)
EDP 531 Extended Field Experience in ECE/3 cr
EDU 655 Capstone: Care and Education/1 cr
Focus of Study
All students must do a focus of study consisting of six (6) credits in a related area. A focus of study can be selected to meet the requirements of a formal specialization or course cluster or can be constructed by the student in consultation with their academic advisor. All foci of study must be approved by and planned with the academic advisor. Individual courses cannot be used to meet more than one program requirement.
Students may wish to develop a self-constructed program that meets their own interests and professional needs or select a specialization or course cluster (see below).
Areas of Formal Specialization
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Certificate in Parenting Education
  • ELL/ESL Certificate
  • Gwen Morgan Certificate in Leadership and Administration of High Quality Early Education and Care Programs Reading
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Special Education Certificate
Areas of Focus to Meet Requirements for Massachusetts DESE Professional License
If you wish to advance an Initial Early Childhood Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities license to the Professional level, Wheelock offers a variation of 12-credit certificate programs that fulfill that objective when all other state requirements have been met.
  • English Language Learners/English as a Second Language (12 credits);
  • Reading (12-credits)
  • Special Education (12-credits)
  • Advancing Math Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 (12-credit online program)
  • Advancing Science Content Knowledge in Grades 1-6 (12-credit online program)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (12-credits)

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