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Early Childhood Education (Licensure)
Students interested in working in public school settings with children Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2) can pursue a major in Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Education major prepares students to teach young children in all disciplinary areas. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this career path also requires a second major (Integrated Liberal Studies) and completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
- The dual major in Integrated Liberal Studies provides a broad liberal arts background rich in content and supports the content-specific regulations from the MA DESE.
- Students must pass both subtests (Reading and Writing) of the Communication Literacy Skills Test (CLST) as a requirement for being accepted to the Early Childhood major.
- Students must also pass two additional MTEL exams: Foundations of Reading Test (FOR) and the content specific test (Early Childhood: Early Childhood Subject Matter Test)
- Students must pass ALL required MTEL exams in order to enroll in full practicum/student teaching
- Once a student has successfully completed all college, program/major, and MTEL testing requirements the student may apply to DESE for an Initial License.
INSTITUTIONAL PASS RATES:
Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act requires all institutions with teacher preparation programs that enroll students who receive federal financial assistance to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensing.
Note: Curry College had a 100% pass rate for program completers during the 2014-2015 reporting year.
Information about Curry pass rates is available upon request by contacting the Licensure Officer/Title II Coordinator, (617) 333-2196.
The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure are administered Monday-Saturday at designated test centers in Massachusetts and in many states each academic year. Additional information regarding all state testing is available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Educator Licensure 75 Pleasant Street Malden, MA 02148-9140; Telephone: (781) 338-6600; www.mtel.nesinc.com. For additional information about Curry College's testing requirements, please contact Curry College Licensure Officer at 617-333.2196.Pre-requisite Coursework:
|AE 1300||Competencies for the Prospective Educator||1.5|
|PSY 1400||Child Development||3|
|ED 1150||Exploring the World of Education||3|
|ED 2161||Educational Psychology||3|
|ED 2410||Strategies for the Effective Educator||3|
|ED 2600||Children with Special Needs||3|
|ED 2700||Early Childhood Language Arts and Literacy||3|
|ED 3105||Institute on Learning Differences|
|ED 3190||Classroom Assessment||3|
|ED 3750||Sheltered English Immersion||3|
|ED 3985||Integrating Senior Seminar (Senior Capstone)||3|
Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:
|ED 3700||Teaching of Reading/Field Observa||4|
|ED 3700-L||Teaching of Reading Lab||0|
|ED 3195||Fundamentals of Curriculum||3|
|ED 3196||Pre-Practicum I: Early Childhood||1|
|ED 3330||Early Childhood Curriculum 1-6||3|
|ED 3331||Pre-Practicum II: Early Childhood||1|
|ED 4570||Senior Practicum: Early Childhood||9|
|ED 4570SM||Senior Practicum Seminar||0|
|MATH 1550||College Math I: Numbers and Numeration||3|
|MATH 2550||College Math II: Algebra and Number Theory||3|
|MATH 3250||College Math III:Geometry and Data||3|
Each spring semester, the Curry College education department collaborates with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) to lead an early literacy playgroup for preschool-age children (2-4). Curry education majors, under the direction of Curry education professor Dr. Dotty Alexander, are invited to participate in the six-week program specifically designed to encourage language and literacy development through play.
Each fall semester, Education majors have the unique opportunity to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education workshop at the Boston Museum of Science. This workshop is part of Curry's science-focused 'Elementary Curriculum' course and is designed to enable students to broaden their planning and teaching repertoire for elementary students (grades 1- 6).
The Curry Early Childhood Center is an integral part of the Curry College Community. The Center provides a warm and nurturing educational experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, and also offers Curry College students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences.
Pi Lambda Theta was founded in 1910. Its mission is to honor outstanding educators and inspire their leadership on critical education issues.
Congratulations to members of the Curry education and health faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!
The Education Club provides professional development opportunities to students showing interest in the field of education. The Education Club also seeks to involve children and families from neighboring areas in education-related activities.
Choose a master's program in elementary education-grades 1-6 or a program in special education-moderate disabilities, grades PreK-8 at Curry College, where you can explore how good teaching practice builds on the latest educational theory and research.