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 2016-2017 academic year.

Ellie Friedland, Co-Chair and Associate Professor
Karen Murphy, Co-Chair and Associate Professor
Cheryl Render Brown, Associate Professor
Deborah Keefe, Instructor
Kyoung Jin Kim, Assistant Professor
Diane Levin, Professor
Satu Mehta, Instructor
Janet Nicholson-Cronin, Instructor
Amy Phillips Losso, Associate Professor
Bobbi Rosenquest, Associate Professor
Susan Shainker, Instructor

Available Program of Study

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

All students in Early Childhood Education must major in Psychology and Human Development with a Developmental Psychology Focus as their Liberal Arts & Sciences 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 Child-hood Education 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 Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog.

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 130/131 Human Growth and Development / 8 credits

HDP 227 Language Development/4 cr

HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play/4 cr

*Required Support Courses are 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 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 367 Foundations of Communication&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: Pre-school-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 with Major in Early Childhood Education with Fifth Year Masters and ECE (PRE-K-2) Licensure/40 undergraduate credits, 30 graduate credits

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, PreK-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 Professional Certification and Licensure section of this catalog on page 14.

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 Dual Degree pro-gram no later than the fall of the senior year. Students apply for admission to the graduate program 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 130/131 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 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 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&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 & Seminar PreK-K/6 cr

EDU 456 Teaching and Curriculum in Diverse Early Child-hood 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 5 creditsStudents choose one of the following for 3 credits and one for 2 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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