Early Childhood Education Major / Birth-5 Specialist, Pre-School-Kindergarten Focus / 44 credits
Please Note: The program requirements listed below are for students entering in the catalog year 2011-2012. Students who entered in previous catalog years should refer to the program requirement sheets in the Advising area of MyWheelock. Students entering in future years should follow the requirements in that catalog year.
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 follow the same pre-practicum preparation required for all Early Childhood Education majors.
Students must 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 & 122/123 or HDP 124/125 & 126/127 Human Growth and Development (8 credits)
* These support courses may also apply to the General Education Requirements or requirements for the Human Development Major with Developmental Psychology Focus.
Required Support Courses taken as part of the Human Development major with Psychology focus. (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) (Fulfills General Education Ethics Social justice requirement)
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)
EDU 367 Foundations in Communication and Collaboration (2 credits)
EDU 420 Advancing Communication and Collaboration (2 credits)
EDU 464 Seminar in Policy Advocacy and Leadership ECE (2 credits)
EDU XXX Capstone: Preschool-Kindergarten (1 credits)
Integrated Practicum I (10 credits)
EDP XXX Early Childhood Practicum and Seminar I: Preschool-K (6 credits)
EDP 456 Teaching & Collaboration in a Diverse EC Setting (4 credits)
Integrated Practicum II (8 credits)
EDP XXX EC Practicum & Seminar II : Infants/ Toddlers and (4 credits) and EDU XXX Curriculum and Program Development for Infants & Toddlers (4 credits)
EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship (4 credits) and EDU 427 Childcare Management and Administration (4 credits)
EDP XXX Part time Practicum: Specialization (Children's Museum, WGBH Children's Programming, etc.) (4 credits) and Choice of selective course supporting this practicum (Requires permission of ECE Chair or ECE Advisor) (4 credits)
Optional course work
EDP 467 Kindergarten/Early Childhood Internship (150- 300 hr) (2-4 credits)