Early Childhood Education Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    Build a foundation of theory and practice to support the development and education of young children.

    Mostly online courses, on your schedule

    We prepare early childhood educators to be instructional leaders by providing 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.

    • 36 credit program
    • Coursework reflects the importance of the play
    • Holistic approach to serving children’s needs
    • Program fosters teacher growth
    • Instructors grounded in both research and practice
    • Affordable pricing
    • Personal advising
    • Networking opportunities and job placement support

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    Additional Requirements for M.Ed. Leading to Massachusetts Educator Initial License

    • A copy of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Test (MTEL)

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will: 

    • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
    • Design high quality 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 license

    ECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood
    ECH 520 - Learning Through Play
    ECH 550 - Curriculum and Assessment in Practice: Early Childhood Education (Pre-Practicum)
    ECH 565 - Reflective Seminar in Early Childhood Education
    ECH 560 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education
    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    EDN 530 - Sheltered English Immersion
    OR
    EDN 575 - Data Literacy
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education

    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 Play
    EDN 500 - Child and Adolescent Development
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    ECH 500 - Instructional Strategies in Early Childhood
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education

    Total Degree Requirements - 36 credits


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    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.

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