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Early Childhood Education (MEd, PreK-2, initial licensure)

Become a teacher with our initial licensure M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education.
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Degree Overview

The MEd in Early Childhood Education Initial Licensure Concentration is designed for those individuals who have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree, but without an initial license who wish to acquire the competencies and requirements for the initial license in early childhood education in grades PreK-2.

Requirements and Curriculum

PreK-2 Initial Licensure
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

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Program at a Glance


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Passing scores for the Communication and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?


Online and on-campus courses are offered in the evening.

Total Credits

42 credits

Program Cost

Tuition and fees

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2.5 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Program Highlights

  • CAEP/NCATE accredited
  • NECHE approved
  • State approved for licensure endorsement

Career Opportunities

Once a candidate has obtained this degree and has been endorsed by the University for initial licensure, they are eligible to teach in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Teacher of Young Children. They may engage professionally in child and family care, both public and private.

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