Program Overview

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.

Featured Early Education Courses

Early Care and Education

This 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.

Inclusive Learning in Early Education

This course 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.

Curriculum and Instructional Design

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

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)

Camp Shriver

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.

Camp shriver campers and volunteers take a photo together. Learn more about Camp Shriver

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.

Research Opportunities

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.

Recent Projects

  • 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)

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Earn Your Master's in Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education Master’s Degree Program prepares students to deliver evidence-based instruction and intervention for individuals with disabilities in Pre-K to 8 settings. Stonehill education students can complete a traditional four-year undergraduate program and contact the Office of Graduate Admission in their junior year for information about enrolling full-time on campus or in the Stonehill Teacher Residency Program to earn a Master of Education.

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