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Early Childhood Education (MEd, professional licensure)

This program is under review and no longer accepting applications. For more information, please contact Graduate & Continuing Education, 978-665-3182.

Degree Overview

The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Program in the professional licensure concentration is designed for fully licensed teachers who wish to pursue advanced levels of reflection, knowledge, skill, and professionalism.

Students in each discipline, with the recommendation of an advisor, select a combination of content elective credits, which serve the individual’s professional goals, interests and licensure requirements, and complete the 36 semester hour program. It is strongly advised that students seek approval of their advisor before selecting content electives.

Attend a Graduate Continuing Education Information Session

Requirements and Curriculum

PreK-2 Professional Licensure

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
  • Copy of initial or professional teaching license
  • 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 offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Total Credits

36 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
NEASC approved
State approved for licensure endorsement

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program and endorsement for professional licensure, this candidate will be eligible to teach young children at the professional level in both private and public settings in the Commonwealth. He/she may engage in child and family care at that level.

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