The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to teach preschool through second grade. A sequence of three field-based courses provides students with the opportunity to put course content into practice. This progression begins in our Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL), a demonstration preschool located in the School of Education, continues with a public school placement in a local kindergarten, and culminates with a final student teaching placement in a local first or second grade public school classroom. Students are supported in the field by frequent visits from faculty who also teach the seminar component of the courses. In meetings following supervisory visits, the faculty provide feedback and assist students in analyzing their teaching. Faculty supervisors use situations from the students’ direct experiences to provide relevant topics that enrich the seminar discussions. Successful completion of the Early Childhood Program licensure course sequence and necessary state tests will lead to Massachusetts Early Childhood Teacher of Students With or Without Disabilities Initial Licensure (Pre-K–2). Students must be approved to proceed in the licensure course sequence. This approval is at the program faculty’s discretion and is based on performance in field-based courses and meeting GPA requirements.
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