Undergraduate Department of Early Childhood Education

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

Cheryl Render Brown, Chair and Associate Professor

Catherine Donahue, Associate Professor

David Fernie, Professor

Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor

Debby Keefe, Instructor

Diane Levin, Professor

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 a specialty in one of the following:

Preschool-Grade 2 Specialist: Inclusive Classroom Teacher

Birth-5 Specialist

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 (44 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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
Integrated Practicum I* 14 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
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 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.

Major in Early Childhood Education: Birth-5 Specialist (42 credits)

The Birth-5 Specialty 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. Birth-5 Specialist 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 on page 14.

Learning outcomes for the Early Childhood Education: Birth-5 Specialist major:

Students will:

  • Be committed to 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

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
HDP 227 Language Development 4 credits
HDP 362 Meaning and Development of Play 4 credits
*Required Support Courses taken as part of the Psychology and Human Development major. (8 credits, within the requirements for the major).
Major Course Requirements: 24 credits
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
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.

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