Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings - Master's Degree

Care and Education in Early Childhood Settings, a 30 credit master's program is designed for students who will work with young children from 2.8 to 8 years of age in public, private and parochial care and education settings.   

This program prepares students to work as care givers, classroom teachers, lead teachers, directors, and/or family liaison workers with an increasingly diverse population of children, families and communities.

The Care and Education program has two different options: one for beginning early childhood education practitioners and one for continuing practitioners.

Beginning practitioners typically are students without an academic background in early education who want to pursue careers outside of a public school setting.  This program includes foundation courses in early childhood education including children with special needs, child development, early childhood curricula and multicultural issues.

  • Certification: Students completing the Beginning Practitioner option can use their course experience to qualify for the Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) lead teacher credential.  This program does not lead to institutional endorsement for a PreK-2 teacher license issued by the Massachusetts  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Continuing practitioners are students who want to increase their breadth of knowledge of early childhood education and may have already obtained an initial teaching license or have an academic background in early education at one age level.

  • Certification: Students who have a MA initial license in Early Childhood (PreK-2), the masters degree, and who complete a state approved 12-credit course cluster (in Special Education, Teaching English Language Learners, Reading or Autism Spectrum Disorders) as part of their program, may advance their license to the professional level after teaching for three years.  Depending on students' prior experience and course of study at Wheelock, the Continuing Practitioner option may lead to DEEC Director I certification.
Teaching Credentials: 
EEC Director I Certification, EEC Lead Teacher Certification
Course Delivery Format: 
Face-to-Face, Evening and Weekends, Hybrid (Face-to-Face + Online)
Alternative Credit Options: 
Transfer Credits Accepted