Early Childhood Education
Stonehill’s Early Childhood Education program prepares students for the wonders and challenges of providing foundational education to children.
The Early Childhood Education major leads to initial licensure from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities, PK-2.
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, Massachusetts)
- John F. Kennedy School (Holbrook, Massachusetts)
- Ralph D. Butler Elementary School (Avon, Massachusetts)
- Cottage Street School (Sharon, Massachusetts)
Education majors desiring teacher licensure must also complete a major from the following list:
Camp Shriver at Stonehill College officially launched its opening session on July 8, 2013 with 58 campers from the Brockton area. Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor as well as social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.
Career Development Resources for Students
The Stonehill Career Development Center (CDC) offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By working with our mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.
Education Studies Specific Career Resources
- Education Mock Interview Week – Alumni in administrative positions in school districts prepare students for job interviews.
- Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (weeklong and semesterlong programs) give students critical field experiences.
- CDC staff members regularly work with Education Department faculty to present programs on preparing for teaching jobs from resume and cover letters to interviewing.
Students who have completed their first year at Stonehill have opportunities to perform significant, publishable, full-time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.
Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
SURE is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. The experience includes weekly lunches, postgraduate career seminars, program-wide outings and a student poster session in the fall.
- Briana Burke '13 with Eunmi Yang, assistant professor of Education: “Investigating impacts of community based learning on preservice teachers’ perceptions of teaching STEM subjects and working with diverse group of students.” (Summer 2012)