Undergraduate Department of Early Childhood Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Cheryl Render Brown, Chair and Associate Professor

Catherine Donahue, Associate Professor

David Fernie, Professor

Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor

Patricia Hnatiuk, Instructor

Debby Keefe, Instructor

Diane Levin, Professor

Amy Phillips Losso, Associate Professor

Karen Murphy, Associate Professor

Bobbi Rosenquest, Associate Professor

Susan Shainker, Instructor

Susan Zoll, Assistant Professor

AVAILABLE PROGRAM OF STUDY

Major in Early Childhood Education with a specialty in one of the following: Preschool-Grade 2 Specialist: Inclusive Classroom Teacher Birth-5 Specialist, Preschool-Kindergarten Focus Birth-5 Specialist, Infant/Toddler Focus 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: Preschool-Grade 2 Specialist: Inclusive Classroom Teacher (60 Credits)

The Inclusive Classroom Teacher specialty focuses on comprehensive education and care of children birth to 8-years old and professional work with their families and communities, with 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 degree 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 the 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.

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
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 Childhood Education in a Diverse Society/4 cr
EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children/4 cr
EDU 327 Teaching Reading to Young Children/4 cr
MLE 301 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) I: Second Language Acquisition in Context+/4 cr
EDU 367 Foundations of Communication and Collaboration with Families, Professionals and Communities/2 cr
EDU 464 Seminar Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE/1 cr
EDU 465** Capstone: Early Education Initial License/1 cr
or
EDU 462 Capstone: Inclusive classroom teacher non-licensure
Integrated Practicum I* 18 credits
EDP 436 Teaching and Learning in the Primary Grades /4 cr
EDP 437 Early Childhood Practicum &Seminar Gr. 1 &2/6 cr
MLE 302 Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) II: Early Childhood Literacy and Content Instruction +/4 cr
EDU 328 Reading, Writing, and Understanding/2 cr
EDU 341 Assessment of Young Children with or without Special Needs (B-8)/2 cr
Integrated Practicum II: 8 credits
EDP 457 Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar (B-6)/4 cr
EDU 456 Teaching and Collaboration in Diverse Early Childhood Settings (B-6)/4 cr

Other Requirements

*Students seeking Massachusetts Licensure must pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Tests of the MTEL prior to entering Integrated Practicum I. ** Students seeking Massachusetts Licensure must pass the Early Childhood Education Subject Matter and the Foundations of Reading Tests of the MTEL prior to registering for EDU 465. +Beginning in fall 2013, two additional courses are required that meet new state requirements in sheltered English immersion (SEI) for all teachers of content (PreK-12th grade). All students who complete a Wheelock state approved program (PreK-12th grade) for DESE licensure after May 2014 are required to complete the new SEI courses in order to complete their program and qualify for the license.

Major in Early Childhood Education: Birth-5 Specialist, Pre-School-Kindergarten (44 credits)

Birth-5 Specialist, Preschool-Kindergarten provides a variety of options for students interested in working with children in early childhood care and education settings, such as child care centers, 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 credential. 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.

Required Support Courses* (16 credits)
MAT 130/131 or 140/141 Concepts and Processes 8 credits
HDP 120/121 and 122/123 or
HDP 124/125 and 126/127 Human Growth and Development 8 credits
Required Support Courses taken as part of the Psychology and Human Development major. (8 credits, within the requirements for the major).
HDP 227 Language Development 4 credits
HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play 4 credits
Major Course Requirements:
EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs 0 credits
EDU 250 Supporting Young Children with Special Needs 2 credits
EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities 4 credits
EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive ECE in a Diverse Society 4 credits
EDU 320 Mathematics for Young Children in a Diverse Society 4 credits
EDU 327 Teaching Reading to Young Children 4 credits
EDU 341 Assessment of Young Children w/ &without Special Needs 2 credits
EDP 367 Foundations in Communication and Collaboration 2 credits
EDU 420 Adv. Communication and Collaboration 2 credits
EDU 464 Seminar in Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE 1 credit
EDU 462 Capstone: Preschool-Kindergarten 1 credit
Integrated Practicum I: 10 credits
EDP 455 Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar I: Preschool-K 6 credits
EDU 456 Teaching &Collaboration in a Diverse EC Setting 4 credits
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 credits
or
EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship 4 credits and
EDU 427 Childcare Management and Administration 4 credits
or
EDP 459 Part time Practicum: Specialization
(Children's Museum, WGBH Children's Programming, etc.) 4 credits 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.

Major in Early Childhood Education: Birth-5 Specialist/ Infant/Toddler (44 credits)

Birth-5 Specialist, Infant/Toddler provides a variety of options for students interested in working with very young children in early child care, family day care, and other ECE settings, such as museums, publishing firms, and resource and referral agencies. Students interested in teaching in 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 the Lead Teacher credential. Students complete two practica with children birth to 5-years old. The full time practicum is in an infant/toddler setting. Students are required to major in Human Development with a Developmental Psychology focus as their Liberal Arts/Sciences Major.

Required Support Courses* (16 credits)
MAT 130/131 or 140/141 Concepts and Processes 8 credits
HDP 120/121 and 122/123 or HDP 124/125 and
126/127 Human Growth and Development 8 credits
Required Support Courses taken as part of the Human Development major with Psychology focus. (12 credits within the credits required for the major)
HDP 257 Infant and Toddler Behavior &Development 4 credits
HDP 227 Language Development 4 credits
HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play 4 credits
Major Course Requirements:
EDU 201 Orientation to Education Programs 0 credits
EDU 250 Supporting Young Children with Special Needs 2 credits
EDU 255 Racial and Cultural Identities 4 credits
EDU 305 Principles of Inclusive ECE in a Diverse Society 4 credits
EDU 315 Quality Infant Toddler Programs 4 credits
EDU 367 Foundation of Communication &Collaboration, 2 credits
EDU 420 Advancing Communication &Collaboration 2 credits
EDU 366 Supporting Infants &Toddlers w Sp. Needs 2 credits
EDU 464 Seminar Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE 1 credit
EDU 461 Capstone: Infant/Toddler 1 credit
Integrated Practicum I 16 credits
EDP 458 EC Practicum and Seminar: Infants/ Toddlers (6 cr)
EDP 390 Curriculum &Prog. Develop. for Inf. &Toddlers(4 cr)
EDU 365 Supporting Families with Infants &Toddlers (4 cr)
EDU 341 Assessment of Yng Children w/ &without Sp. Needs (2 cr)
Integrated Practicum II 8 credits
EDP 464 EC Practicum &Seminar (Infants &Toddlers) (4 cr) and
A selective course related to the second practicum (4 cr)
or
EDU 456 Teaching and Collaboration in a Diverse Early Childhood Setting (4 cr) and
EDP 459 Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar (4 cr)
or
EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship (4 cr) and
EDU 427 Child Care Management &Admin(4 cr)
Optional EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship (150- 300 hr) (2-4 credits)

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