Seeing Children as Competent, Curious, and Unique Individuals
At the heart of our Early Childhood Master's program is a respect for the competence and curiosity of young children in grades PreK-2. The program will prepare you to meet the unique needs of all children, and inspire in them a lifelong love of learning. Engaging coursework includes human development, literacy and literature, special needs, and family and culture.
Key program information:
Program consists of 40 credits (12 courses, including a 6-credit practicum).
Practicum placements are set up in a MA public school.
Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. Full time students can complete the program in a minimum of four semesters.
Classes take place at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus.
This program may be taken as an accelerated teacher residency (Collaborative Program) at one of several participating schools. More information »
Program approved for Massachusetts Initial licensure in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students with and without Disabilities (PreK-2) by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
This course is designed to help teachers understand the principles of developmental learning, physical knowledge, symbolic thinking, language development, social and moral development, and their implications for teaching practice. An understanding of principles of developmental learning will be presented both through readings and through direct observation of children’s play, language, and social interactions.