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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 
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Early Childhood Education (Professional Licensure), MEd

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education 

This degree program is designed for persons who hold initial licensure in early childhood education (grades PreK-2) and are seeking professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program is designed to meet the “appropriate master’s degree” requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations.


Learning Outcomes: CAEP Standards, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standards and NAEYC Standards

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed in the junior and senior years
  • Passing scores for MTELs® required for the applicant’s initial teaching licensure in Massachusetts
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • An initial teaching license
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work

Students should consult the Admission-Graduate  section of the catalog for information regarding graduate program application policies and procedures.

Program of Study

Electives (15 credits)

Complete five graduate courses (400-level U/G or 500-level), approved by the program advisor, from arts and sciences disciplines. Alternative courses must be approved by the program coordinator.

  • No more than two courses should be in any one arts and sciences discipline.
  • Suggested disciplines: art, English, history, mathematics, reading and sciences.
  • Course selections must be approved by an advisor.

Exit requirement

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required. Please see the Graduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog for additional information.

Total minimum credits: 30