Undergraduates at UMass Amherst may major in education with a concentration on early childhood education, leading to initial licensure and/or Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Lead Teacher Credentials. Early childhood education students engage in a rigorous academic program as well as a carefully sequenced series of field experiences in diverse educational settings. They apply to the major once they have completed their prerequisites, generally in the spring of their sophomore year. While education is their primary major, they also complete a secondary major in the liberal arts, social sciences, or sciences. Graduates have been very successful in securing teaching positions in public and private schools in Massachusetts as well in as other states.
The major is 44 credits, 11-12 of which are field-based in schools. Students complete field experiences in a variety of settings and grade levels. Throughout their course of study, students also use the UMass-Tk20 online course management and e-portfolio system to keep an organized record of their pre-practicum and practicum work.
Level 1 Core Courses (Junior Year)
|EDUC 393M||Introduction to Early Childhood||3|
|EDUC 282A||Pre-Practicum in ECE (taken concurrently with EDUC 393M)||1|
|EDUC 325||Introduction to Special Education||3|
|EDUC 461||Principles and Methods of Teaching Reading and the Language Arts||3|
|EDUC 482E||School-Based Field Experience (taken concurrently with EDUC 461)||2|
|EDUC 463||Principles and Methods of Mathematics PreK-6th||3|
|EDUC 370||Writing for Education Majors (offered spring semester only)||3|
|EDUC 503||Sheltered English Immersion||3|
|Total over both semesters||21|
Junior Year Elective (choose one)
|EDUC 497D||Creative Arts and Activities for Young Children||3|
|EDUC 351||Social Foundations of Education||3|
|EDUC 378||Survey of Children's Literature||3|
|EDUC 462||Teaching Science in the Elementary School||3|
|HUMDEV 300||Human Development in Infancy||3|
|EDUC 501||Classroom Assessment||3|
Students seeking licensure in Early Childhood Education (PreK-2, students with and without disabilities) must pass the Early Childhood and Foundations of Reading MTEL prior to the spring semester of their senior year.
Level 2 Clinical Courses and Field Experiences (Senior Year)
|EDUC 455||Early Childhood Planning and Assessment||3|
|EDUC 598A||ECE Practicum I: PreK-K (taken concurrently with EDUC 491D)||3|
|EDUC 491D||Seminar Early Childhood Education (taken concurrently with EDUC 598A)||1|
|EDUC 301||Young Children in Families and Schools||3|
|*EDUC 500Y OR EDUC 598B||Student Teaching ECE Prek-2nd OR ECE B-5y Practicum||6|
|EDUC 491D||Seminar in Early Childhood Education (taken concurrently with either EDUC 500Y OR EDUC 598B||1|
|EDUC 494EI||The Professional Early Childhood Teacher (Integrative Experience)||3|
*Students seeking MA DESE ECE licensure may not register for EDUC 500Y until they have passed the Early Childhood and Foundations of Reading MTEL. Students seeking DEEC Lead Teacher Certification (Infant/Toddler or Preschool) should enroll in EDUC 598B.
Students apply to the program in the spring of their sophomore year and admitted in their junior year. Prior to admission, students who plan to apply receive advising from the Educator Licensure Office (W144 Furcolo Hall). Once accepted, an Early Childhood Education faculty member will serve as the academic advisor. Students will also continue to seek advising from their other major advisor.
Early childhood education concentration students complete a primary major in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a secondary major of their choice
Apply by January 15 of sophomore or junior year. (Juniors will require an additional year to complete the program.)
Undergraduate Admissions Timeline:
Application due: January 15th
Applicant Interviews: Week of February 8th
Notify Applicants about Acceptance: Week of February 15th
Commitment to the Program: By February 22nd
- MATH 113, MATH 114, HUMDEV 270
- A passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
- A minimum GPA of 3.0
Criteria for admission include cumulative GPA, completion of prerequisites and strength of the personal statement. Students interested in the Education major should seek advising through the Educator Information Office & Educator Licensure Office (email@example.com or 413-545-2701) in their freshman year.
Please contact the Educator Information Office & Educator Licensure Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-545-2701) for more information on the Education major.