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Early Childhood, Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (PreK-2) (Initial Licensure), Postbaccalaureate Licensure

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

This program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and seek initial licensure in early childhood education (PreK-2). This is a full-time day program only.

Admission Requirements

  • A liberal arts or science undergraduate major or its equivalent
  • A minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills, the Foundations of Reading, and the Early Childhood Content of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)

Deadline: Rolling Admissions - admission decisions are made on a rolling basis when completed applications are submitted within a reasonable timeframe prior to the start of the academic semester.

This program has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and includes licensure reciprocity with signatory states under the Interstate Certification Compact.

Students should consult the Admission-Graduate  section of this catalog for information regarding graduate program application procedures and admission standards. Students seeking initial licensure should consult the section of this catalog titled College of Education and Allied Studies  for professional education admission and retention information and important institutional deadlines.

Students must complete 80 hours of prepractica experience. A 40-hour experience is attached to the introductory course. An additional 40 hours is attached to the professional courses: reading, language arts, mathematics and science/social studies.

Upon acceptance, all students must enroll under the direction of their advisor in GRPP 501 - Graduate Program Planning .

All three MTEL® must be passed as a prerequisite to professional semester courses.

Program of Study

Required courses (7 credits)

Professional courses (18.5 credits)

The professional courses are taught as a block. Candidates must plan to be available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this time period, candidates will attend classes, participate in pre-practica experiences and attend seminars.


Students successfully completing the program are eligible to apply for initial Massachusetts licensure in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2).

Total minimum credits: 37.5