Early Childhood

Early Childhood Major

WHY MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION?

The Early Childhood Education major is right for you if you can picture yourself teaching very young children (preschool through grade two) to read and discover math concepts. Special education training is embedded into the requirements for Early Childhood Education, meaning you will be prepared to teach across a wide range of ability levels. Majoring in Early Childhood Education equips you with a license in Early Childhood: Teaching Children With and Without Moderate Disabilities, which covers PreK through second grade in the state of Massachusetts.

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY SECOND MAJOR?

As an Early Childhood Education major, you will choose an acceptable second major from the liberal arts, which allows you to become a highly qualified, well-rounded, licensed educator. Advisors from the Education Department will work closely with you on a four-year course plan, so you will be able to complete two majors in your undergraduate studies.

Acceptable double major options:

Art English History Physics
Biology French Linguistics Psychology
Chemistry German Mathematics Spanish

SHOULD I ADD A CONCETRATION IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)?

An ESL concentration allows you to hone specific skills for teaching English language learners, and earn a second license—meaning you could graduate with two majors and two licenses in the time that most college students are earning a single degree. This makes a Gordon-trained teacher a valuable asset right away—part of the reason Gordon’s Education Department achieves 100 percent job placement. 

WHEN WILL I GET TO WORK IN A CLASSROOM?

During the spring semester of their first year, Gordon preservice teachers assist early childhood level students and their classroom teacher once a week. In sophomore and junior level lab classes, preservice teachers prepare and teach interactive, hands-on lessons for a group of children in a local school once a week. Seniors preparing for full-time student teaching spend 60 hours per license in the classroom(s) where they will student teach. They get to know their students, curriculum and school culture before beginning full-time student teaching.

Prior to student teaching, Gordon students have spent well over 100 hours in classrooms. Intentionally connecting content and methods learned in the College classrooms with lesson delivery and student learning in the early childhood classroom increases effective teaching and raises student teacher confidence.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

EDU 112 Introduction to Early Childhood Education with lab
EDU 221 Foundations of Early Childhood Education with field hours
EDU 225 Human Development and Learning
EDU 231 Children’s Literature Credits
EDU 238 The Exceptional Child with field hours
EDU 270 Math Methods with lab
EDU 302 Disabilities and the Young Child with field hours
EDU 345 Introduction to Teaching Reading
EDU 346 Early Childhood Reading and Language Arts: PreK–Grade 2 with lab
EDU 348 Assessment for the Classroom Teacher with field hours
EDU 438 Classroom Management: Early Childhood with field hours
EDU 440 Education Methods: Science and Health Early Childhood
EDU 442 Education Methods: Social Studies Early Childhood
EDU 479 Early Childhood Practicum I
EDU 480 Early Childhood Practicum II
MAT 205 Concepts of Mathematics I

 

MASTER'S DEGREE

Earning a master’s degree is an opportunity to study and specialize in a new area. A master’s degree through the Gordon graduate program will prepare you to become a reading specialist, math specialist or principal.