Early Childhood: Education, Health & Leadership

Welcome to the Early Childhood: Education, Health
& Leadership Department at Pine Manor College!

The students who choose the Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership program are part of an amazing group of talented, bright, and creative individuals. Our Early Childhood students have a variety of interests, skills and goals related to, but not limited to: teaching, after school programs, community programs, coaching, tutoring, creative arts, Early Intervention, public policy, creating their own day care centers, curriculum, or pursuing different types of educational licensure. Students in our program have been successful in gaining employment - and if interested - entering graduate programs.

Our courses help students explore many subject areas and create projects that are often useful long after a course is completed. Students participate in a variety of field trips related to their classes, and have opportunities to participate in guided professional experiences in field placements.

The program's faculty is comprised of qualified and licensed educators who are committed to your learning. Dr. Sandra McElroy, Associate Professor and Director of the Education Programs, is a dedicated and accomplished educator who has many years of experience guiding and supporting students.

We invite you to explore the Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership major. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. McElroy by email smcelroy@pmc.edu or by phone at 617-731-7059 to further discuss the details of this Pine Manor program.

The Early Childhood: Education, Health
& Leadership Program:

Pine Manor College provides students an opportunity to learn about the important, distinct, and unique period of development that is Early Childhood. Students will be provided the opportunity to prepare for a variety of Early Childhood career paths from their studies in children’s cognitive, physical and social- emotional development. Students take course work that addresses child development theories, educational practices, assessment, pedagogical approaches, program planning, health and nutritional issues unique to young children, and early childhood afterschool programs and community resources. Students may also choose from a variety of electives in order to pursue a particular area of interest relating to young children. Students may be a generalist, or elect to concentrate in an area related to the education, health or the leadership of Early Childhood programs. Students in the program will be provided many opportunities to observe and work with young children.

Students who complete this major will be eligible to apply for a certificate of qualification from the Department of Early Education and Care as a Level I, or Level II teacher, and with additional electives will meet Director requirements.

Students wishing to continue their studies to pursue a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Teaching License in Early Childhood at a graduate level should contact Dr. McElroy. Specific requirements for different licenses are available from Dr. McElroy in the Education Department

For current information on College policies, organization, curriculum and academic courses, please see the Academic Catalog.


Department Faculty


  • Joe Marcus
  • Elizabeth McElroy
  • Gina Tzizik
  • Pam Vautour


Sandra McElroy, Ed.D
Associate Professor of Education, Director of Education Programs
Tel: 617-731-7059

Department Courses

  • ED/HU 102 Foundations of Education
  • ED 117 The Teacher as Portrayed in Film and Fiction
  • ECE 121 The Human Foundation: The Cognitive, Physical and Social Emotional Development of Children
  • ED 205 Teaching and Assessment of Language Acquisition, Reading and Language Arts
  • ED 206 Exploring Technology in the Classroom
  • MU/ED 210 Music and Movement for Children
  • ECE/ED 212 Picture Books, Literature for Young Children
  • ECE 214 Curriculum, Environment and Program Planning for Infants and Toddlers
  • ECE/ED 215 Curriculum Methods, Management and Program Planning for Early Childhood
  • ED 224 The Teaching of Math and Science
  • ECE/ED 228 Recreation, Coaching and After School Programs for Children
  • ED 242 Multicultural Teaching for a Multicultural Society
  • ECE/ED 250 Policy and Program Issues in Child Care
  • CO/ED 285 Children and the Media
  • ECE 309 Health, Nutrition and the Safety of Young Children 
  • ECE 311 Parent, Child, Teacher, Health and Community
  • ED 327 Curriculum Design: The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
  • ED 333 Special Education, Assessment, and the Inclusionary Classroom
  • ED 350 Child Care Administration
  • ED 355 Diagnostic and Remedial Reading
  • ECE/ED 395 Practicum in Child Care/Early Education and Care/Student Teaching
  • ED 419 Sheltered English Immersion
  • ED/ECE 495
 Senior Internship in Early Childhood
  • ED/ECE 496 Senior Internship in Early Childhood

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