Stonehill’s Early Childhood Education program prepares students for the wonders and challenges of providing foundational education to children.
It is intended that successful completion of this program will lead to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to educate students with and without disabilities on the Pre-K through Grade 2 levels.
Comprehensive and Career-Focused
The Early Childhood Education program blends a comprehensive curriculum with career-focused advising. Our dedicated professors have decades of experience in classroom teaching and supervisory responsibilities at the early childhood level.
Stonehill’s small class sizes allow students to receive focused and individualized mentorship. Through a mix of pedagogy and experiential learning, our professors not only teach students the practical skills necessary for running a classroom, but also instill in them a sense of compassion that will serve them throughout their careers.
Our faculty members are dedicated to helping students learn to market themselves in an increasingly competitive field. The Stonehill Career Development Center’s advisors regularly work with Education faculty to create programs that will ensure students’ career readiness, from resume reviews to mock interviews.
Creating Connections between Theory and Practice
Courses in the Early Childhood Education major cover historical, social and philosophical foundations of education, behavior management, inclusive learning, speech and language development, and curriculum design.
This major complements course content with practicum and student teaching experiences at the early childhood level, enabling students to witness firsthand the connections between theory and practice. Placements are overseen by Stonehill faculty to ensure compliance with Massachusetts Department of Education requirements. Past field experiences have included:
- Assawompset Elementary School (Lakeville, MA)
- John F. Kennedy School (Holbrook, MA)
- Ralph D. Butler Elementary School (Avon, MA)
- Cottage Street School (Sharon, MA)
Opportunity to Earn Your Special Education Master’s Degree in One Year
The 4+1 Special Education Master’s Degree Program will prepare students to deliver evidence-based instruction and intervention for individuals with disabilities in Pre-K to 8 settings. The program is best suited for education majors, especially students seeking an early childhood or elementary education license at the baccalaureate level.