Build a foundation of theory and practice to support the development and education of young children.
At the Van Loan School at Endicott College, we prepare early childhood educators to be instructional leaders. We provide extensive coursework and background in child development, developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction, and tailored field experiences. Our programs feature relevant and recent research in the field of education highlighting the importance of evidence-based instructional practice and data-based decision making. Our focus on the whole child throughout each course prepares teachers to consider the child’s optimum health and development. Our education programs are taught exclusively by instructors with grounding in both research and practice.
Van Loan graduates of the M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education program are teachers, child care providers, tutors, and experts in promoting social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive growth in all children. Graduates of our licensure program earn an initial license from the Massachusetts Department of Education in Early Childhood Education with the ability to teach students with and without disabilities (PreK-2).
Program of Study
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- Demonstrate subject matter expertise
- Design high quality and coherent instruction, including authentic and meaningful student assessments
- Analyze student performance and growth data and to use this data to improve instruction and practice
- Teach all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, a safe and effective classroom environment, and cultural proficiency.
- Promote the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members, and organizations.
- Ensure the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled, and collaborative practice.
Required Curriculum: Initial Licensure
As regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the practicum requires 300 hours with a minimum of 100 hours of full responsibility in the role and grade level of the license sought. Students my have their practicum placement, supervising practitioner, and hours approved by Endicott staff before enrolling in the practicum course. Additional hours may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean, Director, Associate Director or Assistant Director.
Note: All courses in the program are required to obtain the Initial licenseECH 520 - Learning Through PlayECH 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Early Childhood Education (Pre-Practicum)ECH 565 - Reflective Seminar in Early Childhood EducationECH 560 - Practicum in Early Childhood EducationEDN 500 - Child and Adolescent DevelopmentEDN 530 - Sheltered English ImmersionELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary EducationEXM 696 - Educator Licensure Comprehensive ExamMTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM MethodsRDL 500 - Early Literacy DevelopmentRDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult LiteratureSPE 505 - Inclusive EducationSPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits
Required Curriculum: Non-Licensure
*Electives are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor
Electives - 12 cr.ECH 520 - Learning Through PlayEDN 500 - Child and Adolescent DevelopmentELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary EducationMTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM MethodsRDL 500 - Early Literacy DevelopmentRDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult LiteratureSPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with DisabilitiesSPE 505 - Inclusive Education
Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits
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Internships and Careers
An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.
Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.