Salem State University

Our Undergraduate programs offers three different degree opportunities for those looking to work with young children:

  • Early Education and Care (Preschool Education),
  • Early Childhood 4+1 (B.S. in Early Education plus Master's Degree and initial Early Childhood Teaching License)
  • Educational Studies (Community Education).

Our Master's (M.Ed) programs in Early Childhood include:

  • Initial licensure option for those seeking and initial license and a Master's degree.
  • Professional licensure option for those who hold an initial license and seek a professional licence and a Master's degree and/or further professional development.
  • Advanced M.Ed. option for those seeking a Master's degree but do not need a professional license. 

Each program of study includes a strong career focus. Salem State works collaboratively with community partners to provide every student with intensive fieldwork experiences and internships. Our students graduate ready to excel in a competitive workplace.


Salem State University offers:

  • A career that makes an impact, whether in a school classroom or a position in the greater community
  • A rigorous preparation program that marries deep theoretical learning with continuous field-based practice
  • Small classes with expert faculty
  • A caring community of leaders

Student Supports provided:

  • Student support center
  • MTEL preparation
  • Early Childhood Advising
  • International student/ESL support

Programs Available

Early Childhood Education: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Salem State University offers an initial licensure option for students seeking an initial license and master's degree and/or training in early childhood education. More information is available here: 

Early Education and Care: Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.)

If you want to work with young children, this is the concentration for you. This four year program will lead you to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, your Early Education and Care Lead Teacher certification, and extensive workplace experience across a range of early childhood settings.

Combined Bachelor and Master (4+1) in Early Childhood (B.S./M.Ed.)

The combined bachelors and masters 4+1 early childhood program is designed to send expertly prepared, experienced teachers into public school clas