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Master of Education (MEd) in Early Childhood Education

Overview

The Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education leads to initial licensure in Massachusetts to teach public school preschool through second grade.

The program is 39 credits, 13 courses and typically takes students two years to complete.

For some candidates, the teaching license can be earned part way through the program. Students can complete practicum (student teaching) as soon as licensure competencies are met. As soon as the practicum is done, students will be endorsed for their initial license and can finish the remaining credits for the graduate degree while working as full-time teachers.

Course schedule

This program is designed for students who are working full-time. All classes are offered in the evening, typically from 4:30 until 6:50, and meet once per week. 

Often classes are designed to run on a hybrid format- half face-to-face and half online. This allows us to offer two classes in the same class block. For example, you could take EDU725 and EDU737 both on Tuesday at 4:30. EDU725 would meet on week one and EDU737 would meet on week two throughout the semester. This allows students to earn six credits in one semester while only requiring one night, two and half hours, per week on campus.

Courses run fall semester- September through December, spring semester- January through May, and two semesters in the summer- May through June and July through August.  

Some summer courses are also offered in a one-week format. Class meets M-F from 8:30 am-4:30 pm and is done. 

Fieldwork

The initial licensure program in early childhood has significant fieldwork requirements. Students must be prepared to take some time off of work to fill all of the associated competencies.

For students working in early childhood fields, many fieldwork requirements can be completed in the workplace, but not all. The state licensure requirements mandate that fieldwork is completed across multiple grade levels and settings   

Admissions Information

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Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you!

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