Framingham State campus
Degree Requirements

The degree requires successful completion of ten (10) courses, which include three (3) core courses, three (3) required courses and four (4) elective courses. A professional portfolio is completed as part of the degree program. An oral comprehensive examination is required of all students as the culminating experience.

Prerequisites: Upper level undergraduate or graduate level reading/literacy course within the past 5 years or LTRC 907 Literacy Instruction

Core Courses (3)
EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication
EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation (recommended after
completion of three Content or Concentration courses)
Required Courses (3)
CPSY 964 Advanced Principles of Learning and Development
LTRC 901 Integrating the Language Arts
SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children with Special Needs

Elective Courses (4)
Students select four (4) elective courses to complete their program of study. To satisfy the elective requirements, students must meet the requirements listed for Group A and Group B.

Group ASelect two elective courses from the following:
ECED 911 Play and Observation
ECED 912 Advanced Early Childhood Curriculum
SPED 956 Curriculum Development & Modification
(Prereq: SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children
with Special Needs
SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management
(Prereq: SPED 962 Developmental Patterns of Children
with Special Needs
Group BSelect two elective courses from the following:
  • One additional course from Group A
  • One or two master’s degree level graduate courses in other areas appropriate to the student’s professional goals (e.g. special education, English as a second language (ESL), business, supervision). Written advisor approval is required for courses selected for this option.

Coordinator and Advisor: Valerie Hytholt, Education


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220