Curriculum and Courses

Major in Early Childhood Education 

All courses carry three credits, unless otherwise indicated. 

Initial License in Early Childhood (PreK-2)

(Minimum at Elms College: 18 credits)

Major Requirements (42 credits)

EDU 100 Introduction to Schooling and Education 
PSY 214 Children's Learning and Development 
EDU 319 Students with Special Needs 
EDU 307 Current Approaches to Reading and Language Arts 
EDU 304 Methods of Teaching Mathematics 
EDU 308 Beginning Reading and Writing 
EDU 311 Writing Workshop 
EDU 321 Curriculum for Early Childhood Inclusion Settings 
EDU 342 Assessment of Students 
EDU 385 Inquiry-based Science Methods 
EDU 360 Seminar in Professional Education 
EDU 420A Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (Pre-K-2) Initial Practicum (9 credits)

Note: The early childhood 12-week practicum is completed at two sites: a public school preschool inclusion classroom accredited by the National Academy of NAEYC (National Association of the Education for Young Children), and in a first- or second-grade classroom that includes students with and without special needs and is accredited by the National Academy, or adheres to NAEYC's guidelines for developmentally-appropriate practices.