Early Childhood Education, B.A. Requirements

Department Chairperson:Margaret Pierce Office: Education Building 205 Phone: 508-565-1901mpierce@stonehill.eduLicensure Program: Early Childhood Education (PK-2)

The Department of Education Studies offers a major in Early Childhood Education, which leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities, PK-2).

Complete Eight Courses in the Professional Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 104

Early Care and Education

Offered: Fall Semester

Covers historical, social and philosophical foundations of early childhood education and the integrated preschool. It examines a variety of instructional models in the field and looks at developmentally appropriate practice in terms of classroom environments, classroom management and constructivist learning theories.

Prerequisite(s): Open to first-year or sophomore-year students only.
Pre-practicum recommended.

3

EDU 202

Reading: Theory and Instruction

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Introduces principles and procedures for teaching the fundamentals of reading. Examines reading as a process. Emphasizes current reading research, methodology, multicultural concerns, reading disability, innovative practices, grouping patterns, and changing language philosophies. Emergent literacy through the intermediate grades.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104. Not open to first-year students.

3

EDU 207

English Language Learners in Classrooms

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course will prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to accommodate English Language Learners in schools. Topics will include language and literacy development, vocabulary and academic language development, diversity issues and current policy requirements, with focus on implications for second language learners and Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104 or EDU 201.

3

EDU 210

Children in Preschools and Kindergarten

Offered: Spring Semester

Course for Early Childhood majors and others interested in familiarizing themselves with the needs of preschool and kindergarten children as they apply to school environments. Explores the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and creative needs of the child 3 through 5 years of age with and without disabilities. Focuses on typical and atypical development, early literacy, parents and families, the role of play and other concerns of the Early Childhood field. Field Work: One half day per week.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to first-year students.
Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 213

Inclusive Learning in Early Education

Offered: Spring Semester

Provides students with a comprehensive study of issues surrounding children (ages birth to school age) who have special needs. Focus includes legislation, Early Intervention and the role of the family in the education of a young exceptional child. Fieldwork with preschool/ kindergarten students with special needs is required.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 207. Not open to first-year students.
Pre-practicum required.

3

EDU 220

Children's Literature

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Develops an awareness of and sensitivity to children's literature. Builds skills necessary to guide children's experiences with literature. Explores a variety of genres including multicultural literature.

3

EDU 301

Assessment and Analysis in Education     (fulfills Gen. Ed. Statistical Reasoning)

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

A systematic and comprehensive exploration that introduces the prospective teacher to the elements of measurement and elements of evaluation essential to good teaching. Course content also examines statistical reasoning as it applies to educational research and practice.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104. Course requires junior status or higher.
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement.

3

EDU 312

Art, Music and Movement

Offered: Spring Semester

Course focus is on art, music and movement as creative processes, as expressive modalities and as educative and insight-building tools for children with and without disabilities. Course work stresses a developmental perspective of children's art, music and movement expression.

Prerequisite(s): Not open to first-year students.

3

Complete Three Courses in the Practicum Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 315

Curriculum and Instructional Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Course familiarizes PK–12 pre-service teachers with instructional and pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching. Develops beginning competence in designing and evaluating curricular programs and activities. Course emphasizes lesson planning, unit planning, and implementation in the PK-12 classroom. Computer literacy skills are addressed throughout the course.

Prerequisite(s): EDU 102 or EDU 104 , Course requires junior status or higher.
Pre-practicum: one full day per week required.

3

EDU 430

Practicum: Early Childhood Education

Offered: Spring Semester

Supervised practicum leading to initial teaching licensure [Teacher: Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and Without Disabilities, (PK-2)]. Practicum hours in two settings (1) PK/K & (2) 1st /2nd grade. Evaluation based upon Massachusetts DESE Initial License Teaching Standards.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, completion of all Education requirements, minimum 3.0 GPA, passing scores on all MTEL subtests, and consent of Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 440 .

9

EDU 440

Practicum: Reflective Seminar

Offered: Fall Semesters

Series of evening seminars taken concurrently with appropriate practicum. Facilitated by Stonehill faculty and professional education practitioners, this capstone seminar will address current issues of best practice in education. Issues around assessment and evaluation of teaching as well as professional development and teacher support will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, completion of all Education requirements, minimum 3.0 GPA, passing scores on all MTEL subtests, and consent of Director of Licensure, Placement and Supervision.
Must be taken concurrently with EDU 430, EDU 435, EDU 437, or EDU 439.

3

Note

In order to register for EDU 430 - Practicum: Early Childhood Education and EDU 440 - Practicum: Reflective Seminar, the Early Childhood major must:

  • hold a 3.00 GPA;
  • pass all appropriate sections of the Massachusetts Tests of Educational Licensure (MTEL); and
  • complete all Education coursework, or obtain consent of the Department Chair.

EDU 430 and EDU 440 may be completed either fall or spring semester of senior year, in consultation with student's education advisor.

Complete One Course in the Liberal Arts/Sciences Strand

Code Course Credits

EDU 201

Developmental Theories

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Developmental Theories focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, physical and cultural development of children (from conception through adolescence) and how their development impacts the learning and teaching process. Course emphasizes the application of theory and research from the field of psychology to the realm of teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.

Pre-practicum recommended.

3

Complete a Second Major in Liberal Arts or Science

In addition to Education coursework, Early Childhood Education majors must complete a liberal arts/science major from the following list: American Studies, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Foreign Languages (combined), French, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Studio Arts, Sociology, and Visual & Performing Arts (Generalist).