Academics

Early Childhood, MEd

Welcome to Early Childhood at UMass Boston!

UMass Boston offers two MEd programs in early childhood education:

Master's of Education in Early Childhood--Teacher of Children With and Without Disabilities Pre-K-2- Initial Licensure

Master's of Education in Early Childhood--Community Professional (Non Licensure) 

Both programs can be completed full-time or part-time and classes meet Monday through Thursday from 7–9:45 p.m.

INITIAL LICENSURE TRACK

The Early Childhood (ECHD) graduate teacher education program leading to initial licensure Pre-K-2 is a 37 credit program that consists of 13 required courses. The 13 course sequence includes a 1-credit pre-practicum and a 3-credit full-time practicum. The program is designed to be completed full-time in 4 semesters. It is divided into four segments or cores at the end of which students must demonstrate competencies that allow them to pass on to the next level.
 

REQUIRED COURSES

  • ECHD 601: Foundational Understandings of Early Childhood/Early Intervention and Special Education
  • ECHD 611: Development and Characteristics of All Young Learners, Including Those with Special Needs
  • ECHD 640: Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • ECHD 690: Planning for Meaningful Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECHD 689: Pre-Practicum Pre-K-2 (1 credit)
  • EDC G 646: Understanding Reading: Principles and Practices
  • ECHD 641: Science and Mathematics Instruction for All Young Children
  • ECHD 622: Observing, Documenting and Assessing in Early Childhood
  • ECHD 621: Creating Effective Learning Environments Fostering Positive Social Interactions
  • ECHD 620: Instructional Strategies for All Young Learners with a Focus on Creative Arts
  • EDC G 606: Sociocultural Perspectives on Education: Building Family Community, And School Relationships
  • ECHD 692: Teacher Inquiry/Capstone Portfolio
  • ECHD 693: Practicum II – Pre-K-2

Course descriptions can be found here: https://www.umb.edu/academics/course_catalog/courses/grd_ECHD_all


Pre-practicum hours are done either one day a week or two half-days (with permission) when you take ECHD 690 and 689 together. They must be taken together and are only offered in the spring.

  • Students need to pass the Communication and Literacy MTEL by the end of their first year.
  • Students need to take Foundations of Reading MTEL after EDC G 646.
  • The Early Childhood MTEL is also required.  Students should take this as soon as possible.

 

Practicum Requirements

  • All MTELs must be passed before you can student-teach (ECHD 693).

A full practicum lasts 14 weeks (one full semester) of supervised student teaching. All candidates for Initial Licensure are required to take the full 3-credit practicum. Please note that 100 hours of the EC practicum must be completed in a PreK or K classroom, and the remaining 200 hours in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom. Students wishing to do any form of supervised practicum must apply for approval and placement the semester prior to the one in which the practicum is to take place. Policies and applications are available from the Office of Teacher Education.

 

COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL (NON-LICENSURE) TRACK


The Early Childhood (ECHD) graduate teacher education program non-licensure is a 36 credit program that consists of 12 required courses. The program is geared to early education and care practitioners with experience in 0-5 settings.

REQUIRED COURSES

  • ECHD 601: Foundational Understandings of Early Childhood/Early Intervention and Special Education
  • ECHD 611: Development and Characteristics of All Young Learners, Including Those with Special Needs
  • ECHD 640: Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • ECHD 690: Planning for Meaningful Early Childhood Curriculum
  • EDC G 646: Understanding Reading: Principles and Practices
  • ECHD 641: Science and Mathematics Instruction for All Young Children
  • ECHD 622: Observing, Documenting and Assessing in Early Childhood
  • ECHD 621: Creating Effective Learning Environments Fostering Positive Social Interactions
  • ECHD 692: Teacher Inquiry/Capstone Portfolio
  • ECHD 620: Instructional Strategies for All Young Learners with a Focus on Creative Arts
  • EDC G 606: Sociocultural Perspectives on Education: Building Family Community, And School Relationships
  • Elective Course (3 credits)

Course descriptions can be found here: https://www.umb.edu/academics/course_catalog/courses/grd_ECHD_all

  • Students may substitute an elective for ECHD 690, if desired.  Students may make other substitutions within the Community Professional track with permission of the program director.
  • For Admissions test requirements, applicants to the Community Professional track may take one of the following:
    • GRE
    • MAT
    • MTEL Communication & Literacy exam

 

Program Director:
Angi Stone-MacDonald, PhD
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Licensure Program Director
Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
Angela.Stone@umb.edu
Office: Wheatley Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 143-4

Questions? Call Student Services at 617.287.7625