Early Childhood Education

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Bridgewater State University
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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.E.d programs only)

Application Deadlines
Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
*Rolling Admissions: (For Postbaccalaureate Program) admission decisions are made on a rolling basis when completed applications are submitted within a reasonable time frame prior to the start of the academic 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 finaid@bridgew.edu.

Early Childhood Education, Postbaccalaureate Program
See the roadmap of this program.

Overview
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)
See the roadmap of this program.

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.