Early Childhood Education Program (M.Ed.)

  • Program Overview

    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).

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  • Curriculum

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    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 license

    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
    ELM 530 - Humanities Methods in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
    EXM 696 - Educator Licensure Comprehensive Exam
    MTH 540 - Early Childhood and Elementary STEM Methods
    RDL 500 - Early Literacy Development
    RDL 510 - Children's & Young Adult Literature
    SPE 505 - Inclusive Education
    SPE 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 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
    SPE 500 - Nature and Needs of Students with Disabilities
    SPE 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.

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Contact Us

Aubry Threlkeld
Director, Graduate Teacher Licensing Programs
978-232-2408