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.

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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.
 

Please see the Program of Study below for required courses:

Early Childhood Initial Licensure Program of Study

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).

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 (spring applications are due in October and fall applications are due in March). Policies and applications are available from the Office of Teacher Education.

All candidates for Initial Licensure are required to take the full 3-credit practicum. A full practicum lasts 14 weeks (one full semester) and consists of a minimum of 300 hours of supervised student teaching.

The practicum is split into two sets of hours and settings:

1.  100 hours of the practicum must be completed in a Pre-K or K classroom

2.  200 hours of the practicum must be completed in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom.

Please note: all candidates are required to complete the above hours.  Current teachers of record and paraprofessionals must still meet the hour and setting requirements.  There are no exceptions or waivers for the Early Childhood practicum.

 

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.

Please see the Program of Study below for required courses:

Early Childhood Community Professional Program of Study

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

For questions about the Early Childhood programs, please contact the Office of Student Services at 617.287.7625 or Student.ServicesEd@umb.edu.