The early childhood program at Elms College prepares you to teach students from pre-kindergarten through grade two.
As a candidate for your initial teaching license in Massachusetts, you complete rigorous coursework and do fieldwork in local schools with young children with and without moderate special needs, in local schools. You leave Elms prepared to teach all areas of the curriculum and make adaptations for students with moderate special needs.
A degree in early childhood education will prepare you to work in collaboration with parents, colleagues, and educational specialists, such as speech and physical therapists, to ensure that your students have the best experience possible when they enter your classroom. The Elms College preparation program for early childhood teachers exceeds state standards for both knowledge and performance and gives prospective early childhood teachers a competitive edge in seeking employment.
Early Childhood Education students will be able to:
Have an understanding of typical and atypical physical, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development of children with and without special needs, and use this understanding to understand students’ needs and interests. This allows them to plan and present developmentally-appropriate lessons and learning activities, and to determine the progress children are making.
Draw on subject matter knowledge in teaching reading and language arts, children’s literature, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, and the arts to provide developmentally-appropriate learning experiences that respond to children’s interests, and challenge them to construct an understanding of the world in which they live, through play and active learning.
Communicate clearly and respectfully with children, families, colleagues, and members of the community, and work with them to benefit children’s learning and development.
Organize and manage a classroom to provide time, space, materials, and support necessary for a stimulating and safe learning environment.
Reflect on teaching and learning, and use reflections to meet legal and moral responsibilities for professional growth and service to children and their families.
Meet state licensure standards for communication and literacy skills, subject matter knowledge, teaching reading and language arts, and performance.
Initial teaching licenses earned at Elms College qualify candidates to begin teaching in Massachusetts and more than 40 states, islands, and territories.
Click to view course requirements for the major in Early Childhood Education (B.A.).
Initial License in Early Childhood (PreK-2) 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.
Major Requirements (48 credits)
# of Credit Hours
Introduction to Schooling and Education
Writing for Educators
Children’s Learning and Development
Students with Special Needs
Developing Language & Literacy I
Developing Language and Literacy II
Methods of Teaching Mathematics
Curriculum for Early Childhood Inclusion Settings
Assessment of Students
Inquiry-based Science Methods
Educating English Language Learners
Educating English Language Learners
Seminar in Professional Education
Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities (Pre-K-2) Initial Practicum