Sep 30, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024

Early Childhood Development, A.S.

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The Early Childhood and Education Department’s mission statement and goals state two primary purposes:
1) To provide knowledge, training, and skill development for persons interested in working in the area of social services with specific educational opportunities for those interested in early childhood development, human services, and education, and
2) To serve the community as an information and knowledge-base in the area of social service, with specific expertise in early childhood education and development, human services, and education.

The Early Childhood Development Program prepares students in the fields of growth of the child, influences of the family upon the child, and environmental pressures upon the family.

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1 Advising Note

  • Employment in Early Childcare and Education requires criminal background checks to ensure the safety of young children. Students in the Early Childhood Development program will undergo CORI background checks before starting ECE-220    Practicum in Early Childhood Education. Students with concerns about this requirement should contact the Department Chair before beginning this program.
  • ECE-103  and ECE-106  are courses required to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).
  • No other developmental Psychology courses MAY BE substituted for ECE-103 . Only ECE-103  is allowed for this degree plan and others will not be counted toward qualifications for certification by Massachusetts DEEC.
  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year. ECE-116 ​  meets the Learning Community Seminar requirement for the A.S. in Early Childhood Development.

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2 Advising Note

  • ECE-101 , ECE-104 , and ECE-217  may not be taken unless student has received a C or better in ECE-103  in previous semester. Students without C or better in any ECE course will be barred from practicum until this measure is completed.
  • ECE-101  and ECE-104  are courses required to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.

Total Credits: 15

Semester 3 Advising Note

Semester 4

Total Credits: 16

Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Apply for graduation

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:

  • Use knowledge of child development and relationships with children and families to understand children as individuals and plan for their unique development by organizing environments which facilitate development in all developmental areas.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences using methods and materials which promote growth and development.
  • Work with parents, families, and community leaders to support growth and development of children by engaging each child in meaningful experiences.
  • Observe children in their care and be able to analyze and synthesize information about children so as to improve their own work with children, families, and communities.
  • Analyze, evaluate and strengthen their work with children by reflecting upon effective practices and collaborating with other professionals in the field.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify for employment in a variety of settings, including day care centers, preschools, head start programs, family home care and social service organizations. Students also may transfer to four-year colleges or universities in elementary education, human services work, or special needs childcare. Graduates of this program qualify as teachers and/or lead teachers in the state of Massachusetts.

Transfer Options

Transfer Advising Guide

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