Course Catalog: Undergraduate 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

Debbie Keefe, Instructor

Diane Levin, Professor

Janet Nicholson-Cronin, Instructor

Amy Phillips Losso, Associate Professor

Satu Mehta, Instructor

Romana Mohiuddin, Instructor

Karen Murphy, Associate Professor

Bobbi Rosenquest, Associate Professor

Susan Shainker, Instructor

Available Program of Study

Major in Early Childhood Education with an option to add
Fifth year Masters and ECE (PreK-2) licensure

All students in Early Childhood Education must also have a Liberal Arts/Sciences Major leading to a BS or BA in that Major.

Major in Early Childhood Education (48 credits)

The Early Childhood Education Major focuses on comprehensive education and care of children birth to 8-years old and professional work with their families and communities. Emphasis is placed on responding to the developmental, cultural and racial uniqueness of each child as students learn to design, implement and evaluate learning environments and curricular activities. The Early Childhood Major provides a variety of options for students interested in working with children in early childhood care and education settings, such as child care centers including infant/toddler settings, museums, publishing firms and resource and referral agencies. Students interested in teaching in private kindergarten, pre-school and early care settings may use courses and experiences in this program as they apply to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) for Lead Teacher certification. Students complete two practica with children birth to 5-years old. The full time practicum is in a preschool or kindergarten setting. Students must major in Psychology and Human Development with a Developmental Psychology focus as their Liberal Arts/Sciences Major. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Licensure and Certification section of this catalog on page 84.

Learning Outcomes for the Early Childhood Education major:

Students will:

  • Be committed and able to work effectively and inclusively with diverse children, families and communities, and will be committed to teaching for social justice.
  • Understand and implement constructivist, traditional and inclusive curriculum and teaching approaches while meeting required standards
  • Apply theoretical principles and knowledge 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, standards and assessments impacting early childhood education
  • Be leaders and advocates for high quality early childhood education and social justice
    Required Support Courses* 16 credits
    MAT 130/131 or 140/141 Concepts and Processes/8 cr
    HDP 120/121 and 122/123 or
    HDP 124/125 and 126/127 Human Growth and Development / 8 credits
    HDP 227 Language Development/4 cr
    HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play/4 cr
    *Required Support Courses taken as part of the Psychology and Human Development major. (8 credits within the requirements for the major)
    Course Requirements 30 credits
    EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs/ 0 cr
    EDU 250 Supporting Young Children with Special Needs/2 cr
    EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr
    EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive Early CE in a Diverse Society/4 cr
    EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr
    EDU 327 Teaching Reading to Young Children/4 cr
    EDU 367 Foundations of Communication and Collaboration/2 cr
    EDU 464 Seminar Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE/1 cr
    EDU 465** Capstone: Early Education Initial Licensure/1 cr
    EDU 341 Assessment of Young Children/2 cr.
    EDU 420 Advancing Communication and Collaboration/2 cr
    EDU 462 ECE Capstone/1 cr
    MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I/4 cr
    Integrated Practicum I 10 credits
    EDP 455 Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar I: Preschool-K/6 cr
    EDU 456 Teaching and Curriculum Diverse EC Settings/4 cr
    Integrated Practicum II: 8 credits
    EDP 464 EC Practicum & Seminar II: Infants/ Toddlers 4 credits and
    EDU 390 Curriculum and Program Development for Infants & Toddlers/4 cr
    or
    EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship/4 cr and
    EDU 427 Childcare Management and Administration/4 cr
    or
    EDP 459 Part-time Practicum: Specialization (Children’s Museum, WGBH Children’s programming, etc.)/4 cr and
    Choice of selective course supporting this practicum/4 credits (Requires permission of ECE Chair or ECE Advisor)
    Optional: EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship (150-300 hrs.) 2-4 credits.
    Other Requirements
    *Students must pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Tests of the MTEL prior to entering Integrated Practicum I.
    ** Student must pass the Early Childhood Education Subject Matter and the Foundations of Reading Tests of the MTEL prior to registering for EDU 465.

Dual Degree Program: Undergraduate Major in Early Childhood Education with fifth year masters and ECE (Pre-K-2) licensure

The dual degree program in Early Childhood Education focuses on comprehensive education and care of children birth to 8-years old and professional work with their families and communities, with a focus on preprimary and primary grades (through grade 2). Emphasis is placed on responding to the developmental, cultural and racial uniqueness of each child as students learn to design, implement and evaluate learning environments and curricular activities. Completion of this program leads to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Early Childhood Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities, Pre K-2 licensure (with passing scores on all required MTEL exams) and/or Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) Certification. For information on teacher licensure, please refer to the Licensure and Certification section of this catalog on page 84.

Learning Outcomes for the Early Childhood Education dual degree program:

Students will:

  • Be committed and able to work effectively and inclusively with diverse children, families, schools, and communities, and will be committed to teaching for social justice
  • Understand and implement constructivist, traditional and inclusive approaches while meeting required standards
  • Apply theoretical principles and knowledge 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 how 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

*Students may declare their intent to enter the Fifth Year program no later than the fall of the senior year. Students apply for admission to the fifth year after passing the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL subtests and after successfully completing the undergraduate student teaching practicum.

Undergraduate Course Requirements  
Required Support Courses* 16 credits
MAT 130/131 or 140/141 Concepts and Processes/8 cr
HDP 120/121 and 122/123 or
HDP 124/125 and 126/127 Human Growth and Development / 8 credits
HDP 227 Language Development/4 cr
HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play/4 cr
*Required Support Courses taken as part of the Psychology and Human Development major.
General Course Requirements 26 credits
EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs/ 0 cr
EDU 250 Supporting Young Children with Special Needs/2 cr
EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities/4 cr
EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive ECE in a Diverse Society/4 cr
EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr
EDU 327 Teaching Reading to Young Children/4 cr
EDU 341 Assessment of Young Children/2 cr
MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I/4 cr
EDU 367 Foundations of Communication and Collaboration/2 cr
EDU 420 Advancing Communication and Collaboration/2 cr
EDU 464 Seminar Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE/1 cr
EDU 462 Capstone: Early Education /1 cr
First Integrated Practicum 10 credits
EDP 455 Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar PreK-K/6 cr
EDU 456 Teaching and Curriculum in Diverse Early Childhood Settings (B-6)/4 cr

Master of Science in Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings with (Prek-2) Licensure/ 30 graduate credits

General Course Requirements 7 credits
RDG 537 Teaching Reading/3 cr
RES 723 Practitioner as Researcher/3 cr
EDU 702 Capstone Course/1 cr
Curriculum/Content Pedagogy courses
Students choose one of the following for 3 credits and one for 2 credits:
5 credits
EDU 502 Curriculum Social Studies &Arts/2 cr or
EDU 522 Curriculum Social Studies &Arts/3 cr
and
EDU 515 Curriculum for ECE Science, Technology &Health/2 cr  or
EDU 325 Curriculum for ECE Science, Technology & Health/3 cr
Second Integrated Practicum 6 credits
EDP 526 Practicum &Seminar ECE 1st-2nd/3 cr 
MLE 502 SEI: ECE Literacy Content
Certificate program, or other area of specialization 12 credits

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