Feb 09, 2023  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

Early Childhood Development with Child Development Associate Credential Certificate


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

Admission Requirements


  • Age Must be 18 years of age
  • Diploma High School diploma or GED
  • Hours Must have completed specific number of hours in ECE - see note
  • Courses Completed minimum of three ECE courses with C or better

Admission Requirements Advising Note

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have U.S. Work Authorization
  • Must have completed 120 hours of formal training in Early Childhood Education in subject areas covered by the Early Childhood Development with Child Development Associate Credential Certificate
  • Must have completed within the last 3 years 300 hours of professional work experience in a group setting supervised by a professional Early Childhood educator
  • As a prerequisite for a clinical placement or internship this program requires that all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193 or visit https://www.bhcc.edu/studentcentral/academicrecords/coriandsorichecks/

Semester 1


Total Credits: 12


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • CORI/SORI/fingerprints after acceptance to program, before practicum course can be completed are required of all students in program. Those with concerns about this requirement should see the College’s CORI officer before beginning the program.
  • ECE-103  and ECE-106   are courses required to be certified by 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.
  • Career electives: ECE-108 , ECE-151 through ECE-168, ECE-207 , ECE-209 , ECE-210 , ECE-223 , EDU-102  or INT-123Ā

Total Credits: 9


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.
  • CDA requires students complete ECE-217  prior to working on CDA portfolio and credentialing planning.
  • Apply for graduation

Total Credits: 6


Semester 3 Advising Note

  • ECE-223  and ECE-224  require that student is working in a classroom for development of portfolio and completion of the credentialing requirements. See requirements at bottom under additional advising notes. Students are required to pay their own credentialing fee at the end of the program upon taking the national test and sitting for other requirements of the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. Fees for this are noted below. Usually, it is recommended that students complete ECE-223  before moving to ECE-224 , however, a waiver of this requirement is possible if student is completing program and will be ready to graduate at the end of this third semester.

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 to analyze and synthesize information about those children so as to improve their 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 are academically qualified in the State of Massachusetts through the Department of Early Education and Care to be either teacher or lead teacher qualified once work experience is completed as required by the state. For more information contact the Department Chair.

General Advising Notes For This Program


  • All developmental courses: RDG-090 , RDG-095  or ESL-098 , ENG-090  and ENG-095  must be taken and completed with a grade of C or higher before beginning the first semester towards a two semester certificate plan.
  • Students are encouraged to take fewer courses and go slower if they have life responsibilities with family, work and personal challenges; these part-time students and/or those taking 1, 2 or 3 per semester are encouraged to use a longer route to completion to assure quality work.
  • ENG-111  is required at the beginning semester as the program requires much reading and writing and student must be fully prepared for intense writing assignments in ECE courses.
  • ECE-103  must be completed in first semester with a C or better to move to other ECE courses in subsequent semesters. All ECE courses after the first semester require ECE-103  to be completed with this grade requirement.
  • ECE-103  and ECE-106  are courses required to be certified by 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 will not be counted toward qualifications for certification by Massachusetts DEEC.
  • The LCS must be taken in first semester and is only allowed for those students with no prior college experience; if the student is transferring or has prior college experience, the student may substitute a previous college course for the LCS through the college course waiver process (see Department Chair or ECE Coordinator for assistance). Recommended LCS for ECE students: LCS-101J Parents as First Teachers.