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Early Childhood Education

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The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University prepares students to become exceptional educators of children from infancy to age 8, providing them with the skills and understanding needed to make a positive and enduring contribution in the lives of young children.

Admissions Requirements

  • A liberal arts or science undergraduate major or its equivalent 
  • Online application - A completed online application and $50 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • GPA - A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • MTEL - A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills, the Foundations of Reading, and the Early Childhood Content of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Initial Teaching License - (For M.Ed. programs only)

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment. 

Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

Funding Opportunities 

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

Early Childhood Education is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

Early Childhood Education, Postbaccalaureate Program
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This program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and seek initial licensure in early childhood education (PreK-2). It has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and includes licensure reciprocity with signatory states under the Interstate Certification Compact. Candidates will also earn SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) endorsement upon completion of the program. Students successfully completing the program are eligible to apply for initial Massachusetts licensure in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with or without Disabilities (PreK-2). This is a full-time day program only.

All three MTEL® tests must be passed as a prerequisite to professional semester courses.

Students must complete 80 hours of prepractica experience. A 40-hour experience is attached to the introductory course. An additional 40 hours is attached to the professional courses: reading, language arts/social studies, mathematics and science.

Required Courses (7 credits) 
ECED 230 - The Basics of Early Childhood Education *
SPED 211 - The Early Childhood Learner with Special Needs *
*To be completed prior to admission and enrollment in upper-division education (300-level) courses.

Professional Courses (18.5 credits)
The professional courses are taught as a block. Candidates must plan to be available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this time period, candidates will attend classes, participate in pre-practica experiences and attend seminars.
ECED 300 - Early Childhood Art Methods or  ELED 300 - Elementary Art Methods
ECED 311 - Science and Social Studies Inquiry for the Young Child
ECED 332 - Reading Development for the Young Child
ECED 342 - Language Arts for the Young Child
ECED 352 - Developmental Mathematics for the Young Child
ECED 361 - Creating an Effective Early Childhood Environment
ELED 480 - SEI Endorsement for Teachers

Required fieldwork (12 credits)
ECED 496 - Supervised Teaching in Public Schools: Early Childhood (6 credits)
ECED 497 - Supervised Teaching in an Integrated Early Childhood Setting (6 credits)

Total Minimum Credits: 37.5

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Early Childhood Education (Professional Licensure)
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Includes concentrations in:

This degree program is designed for persons who hold initial licensure in early childhood education (grades PreK-2) and are seeking professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program is designed to meet the “appropriate master’s degree” requirement, which is part of the criteria for professional stage licensure as set forth in the most recent MA DESE licensure regulations.

Required Courses (16 credits)
EDMC 530 - The Teacher as Researcher
EDMC 531 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Curriculum
EDMC 532 - The Teacher as Leader: From Issues to Advocacy
EDMC 533 - The Standards-Based Classroom: Instruction and Assessment for Diverse Learners
ECED 575 - Graduate Seminar in Early Childhood Education (taken the final semester in the program)

Electives (15 credits)
Complete five graduate courses (400-level U/G or 500-level), approved by the program advisor, from arts and sciences disciplines. Alternative courses must be approved by the program coordinator.
No more than two courses should be in any one arts and sciences discipline.
Suggested disciplines: art, English, history, mathematics, reading, and sciences.
Course selections must be approved by an advisor.

Exit Requirement
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.

Total Minimum Credits: 31

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The CAEP 2018 K-6 Elementary Teacher Preparation Standards have been approved as a choice of standards for states and EPPs selecting the CAEP Evidence Review of Standard One (previously known as CAEP Review with Feedback) for their elementary teacher preparation programs. These standards are available for providers to use to gather program level evidence for CAEP Standard 1 (Component 1.3) as part of the CAEP accreditation process.

NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation System Standards

NAEYC's higher education accreditation system accredits early childhood degree programs preparing individuals for beginning career roles as early childhood educators. The system currently uses the initial standards from NAEYC's 2010 Standards for Initial and Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs. The Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs currently uses these standards as the basis for the accreditation of associate, baccalaureate and initial-license master's degree programs.  The Commission does not accredit early childhood degree programs preparing individuals for advanced practitioner roles at this time. 

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

For more information regarding Bridgewater State University's annual goals, partnerships, programs, and admissions requirements on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, please click here

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