Early Childhood Education Child Care Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education

Credits required 64


Joanne Preston

Program contact

Melissa Cardelli, Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 2410

Program Goals Statement

The Early Childhood Education Career program prepares students to become eligible for Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Childcare lead teacher certification. Students select one of three concentration areas that include Infant-Toddler, Preschool, or School Age Child Care.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

  • Students intending to enroll in a teaching practicum and seminar must meet with the Department Chair the semester before enrollment to ensure that the students meet all prerequisites and requirements.

Special Requirements for the Program

Health Requirements

  • Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations or titres (blood to prove immunity). TB test required each year. Health Insurance is required.
  • Students are required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) check. A positive CORI check would prevent a student from engaging in field-related course work including Teaching Practicum.

Academic Expectations

  • All Early Childhood students must achieve grades of “C-” or better in all subject courses with an ECE designation.

After BCC

  • Students would qualify for director certification in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Childcare with 18 months of added experience.

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

ECE 101College Success Seminar for Early Childhood Education

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

Choose one of the following

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

SOC 212The Sociology of Social Problems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

See General Education Competency Courses for course listings
Humanities Elective

3 credits

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective - Lab

4 credits

Quan/Sym Reasoning Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-10

(Choose a course that meets the Humanities competency)

Core Courses

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 112Observing, Recording, and Analyzing Early Childhood Settings

3 credits

ECE 113Safe and Healthy Early Childhood Learning Environments

3 credits

ECE 221Guiding Young Children

3 credits

ECE 222Special Needs in Early Childhood

3 credits

ECE 234Preschool Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 251Teaching Practicum I and Seminar I

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:22
Concentration Options - Choose one track

Concentration Options - Infant-Toddler Track

ECE 223Infant-Toddler Development

3 credits

ECE 236Infant-Toddler Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 253Teaching Practicum II and Seminar II-Infant-Toddler Setting

4 credits

Concentration Options – Preschool Track

ECE 232Language Arts Across Preschool

3 credits

ECE 252Teaching Practicum II and Seminar II-Preschool Setting

4 credits


3 credits

Elective: Choose 3 credits from ECE 244, ECE 291, or ECE 292

Concentration Options – School-Age Child Track

ECE 125Social Emotional Development of School-Age Child

3 credits

ECE 238School Age Child Care Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 255Teaching Practicum II and Seminar II: School-Age Child Care Setting

4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ECE 101, ECE 111, ECE 113, Lab Science Elective, ENG 101, PSY 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ECE 112, ECE 222, Humanities Elective, ENG 102, PSY 252

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ECE 221, ECE 234, ECE 251, Mathematics Elective, HST 113

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ECE 125ECE 236, ECE 253 or ECE 232, ECE 252, ECE Elective, ECE 238, ECE 255 or ECE 223, ECE 236, SOC 101, HST 114


During the Teaching Practicum experience and other field based experiences, Early Childhood students should be aware that meeting young children's safety, social, emotional and educational needs come first. Students must be able to competently carry out tasks and responsibilities as developmentally appropriate and accurately monitor children in their charge. 

Transportation to fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student. Students should be prepared to travel up to an hour from campus for these assignments.

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