Early Childhood MEd
The Early Childhood (ECHD) graduate teacher education program leading to initial licensure Pre-K-2 is a 37-credit program that consists of 13 required courses. The 13-course sequence includes a 1-credit pre-practicum and a 3-credit full-time practicum. Our Early Childhood Community Professional (Non-Licensure) program is a 12-course program that helps to extend the theoretical and applied knowledge of early childhood educators working in the field.
- Students can choose to complete our campus program where students take 2-3 courses a semester and complete their pre-practicum in their penultimate semester and their practicum in their final semester. This program takes 2-3 years to complete depending on how many course students complete each semester.
- Students can also choose to participate in the Teach Next Year (TNY) pathway. The TNY pathway seeks committed individuals interested in making a positive impact on students’ success in our partnering schools. The program is designed to build on the interests and expertise of its students, faculty, and the student in Boston Public Schools. Because it is an intensive site-based educational experience, it provides the support of professors, practitioners, and colleagues while it supplies the challenge of study, practice, and exploration.
Why Apply to UMass Boston's Early Childhood MEd PhD Program?
This program offers opportunities for students to learn to about early childhood education from birth to age 8 and participate in early childhood settings and classrooms. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop teaching skills, action research skills, and knowledge of child development, our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve children and their families as soon as they graduate. Over 90 percent of our students find jobs within six months of graduation, if they are not already employed in the field.
MTEL or GRE
Letters of Recommendation
statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé
Tuition information is posted on the Bursar’s Office website
This program includes courses in both content and pedagogy. Students seeking licensure are required to complete a 100-hour pre-practicum and 300-hour practicum in a classroom in their final two semesters. Students completing the Community Professional (Non-Licensure) track will complete a research project in their final semester.
Graduates of the Early Childhood MEd have a working knowledge of the dimensions of typical and atypical child growth and learning (language development, cognition, approaches to learning, social and emotional development, and physical and motor development); skills in assessment, curriculum development and implementation, and ethics and professionalism. Graduates are able to create and/or modify environments, curriculum, and individualized and family development plans to ensure access and involvement by all children and their families in educational settings.
The Early Childhood Master’s Program, housed within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of educators who are prepared to teach individuals from various diverse backgrounds in school and early childhood settings.
Spring: November 1
Fall: June 1
- Serra Acar, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Care, College of Education and Human Development
- Lianna Pizzo, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of Early Childhood Education, College of Education and Human Development
- Songtian (Tim) Zeng, Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development