Early Childhood Education
This course of study prepares students to become competent Early Education and Care professionals. Graduates of this program will be qualified to work in infant/toddler centers, family day care centers, and preschool centers. Additional options include a variety of child care settings. The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Early Childhood Education courses will provide students with a strong foundation in child development and exposure to the many facets of early education. Hands-on work in the field is a requirement of several courses and the program culminates with a two semester practicum experience where theory will meet practical application.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education
This course of study is designed to meet the ever-expanding needs for trained personnel in the field of early learning and childcare. Graduates of this two-year program will be prepared to work in non-public early learning environments such as: infant/toddler centers, family day care centers, group day care centers, nursery schools, private kindergartens, health care agencies, institutions, and other schools and organizations offering early learning programs and/or child care and family education services.
The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Massachusetts CCS categories of study, and will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the child care profession.
Formal instruction integrated with four semesters of fieldwork in early childhood settings, under supervision, will develop teaching qualities and skills. Completion of this practica will enable the graduate to fulfill CCS Lead Teacher employment requirements. Admission to the Early Childhood program, however, does not guarantee practicum placement. All accepted students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information or other check. Depending on the findings, the student may not be allowed to continue in the program of study.
Visit http://www.mass.edu/osfa/programs/earlychildhooded.asp for more information on the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship.
Minimum Grade Requirement: Students must achieve a "C" as the minimum passing grade in all 'ECE' courses.
Upon the successful completion of requirements of this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education will be awarded.