This program is designed for individuals who wish to qualify for an initial license as an early childhood teacher in the Massachusetts public schools.
A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree or at least 24 credits above the introductory level in arts and science courses, with at least 12 credits in one academic area
Satisfactory undergraduate transcripts
For the Introductory courses with variable credits, if these licensure competencies are met with prior coursework (experience is not used in determining if competencies have been met), these competencies are needed, they are requirements:
*Students who enter the program with specific course competencies taken prior to admission may be eligible for a reduction in the overall number of degree credits in the program. This program requires minimum of 30 credits to complete, but if a student has demonstrated that they have taken a course in a similar competency they do not need to retake the corresponding course at Salem State University. In the event that a student has substantial demonstrated competencies that would cause them to need fewer than 30 credits of the required courses in the program, the student will take alternative courses in consultation with the Program Coordinator.
Total Credits: 30 - 43.5
Additional Information and Notes
*Student may take an elective in place of EDU 720 if they have taken a suitable course on child growth and development in the last five years. (Approval of program coordinator required.)
**Candidates for initial licensure must take and pass all required sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure prior to entering the practicum.