M.Ed. and CAGS

Early Childhood w/ Initial License

Grade Levels PreK-2

In-Person 39 credits * 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

Entire program conducted in or near your school

2 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE tests

No weekend classes


This program is designed for candidates who hold an appropriate baccalaureate degree and are seeking initial licensure to teach students in grades Pre-K through 2. Candidates study the foundations and principles of early childhood education to better formulate a developmental framework which provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate and apply theoretical constructs and best practices to understand the characteristics of young children.
  • Identify and explain the rationale and essential need for family and school partnerships to improve education, health, and safety for all children.
  • Identify, analyze, select, and apply appropriate assessment methods to determine growth and development of children within the school or home environment.
  • Demonstrate, implement, and assess diverse instructional and content pedagogy that address children with multiple needs, language barriers, developmental delays, or other learning challenges.

Program Length

  • The licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 39 credits. This includes a 300 hour practicum in an approved Massachusetts public school setting as well as an SEI course. Candidates seeking endorsement for Initial Teacher licensure must successfully complete the course sequence and submit passing scores on all required MTEL Sections prior to entering their final practicum experience. The practicum requires the candidate to log hours on two levels, Pre K-K and in Grades 1 or 2, on one practicum level. Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) is used to assess the overall readiness of the teacher candidate.
  • The non-licensure track program plan has been designed to be completed in two years for a total of 36 credits. This includes a field-based research course and completing an action-based research as the culminating experience.

Admissions Requirements

  • The program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0. Students with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Passage of the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is required for the licensure track.
  • Applicants are required to show successful completion of a graduate or undergraduate course in one of the following subject areas:
    • Child Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Child Development
  • For a full list of application requirements, please refer to page 2 of the student information packet.
Please Note:

* Total credit hours are as of 1-29-18 and reflect entry into the 2018-2019 academic year. Credit totals are subject to change in accordance with AIC institution and DESE requirements.