Early Childhood Education Licensure

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education

Credits required 60/61


Joanne Preston

Program contact

Ravitha Amarasingham, Ed.D Department Chair-Program Coordinator and Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 2593

Program Goals Statement

The Early Childhood Education Licensure Transfer program enrolls individuals aspiring to become educators of preschool, kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 children. Successful candidates apply for preschool lead teacher certification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Child Care and are eligible for transfer into the Massachusetts Educator Licensure program at a four-year transfer as juniors into Massachusetts Educator Licensure program at a 4-year state or private institution with which the College has an articulation agreement.

Student Learning Outcomes

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Program Information

  • ECE 260 requires completion of 26 general education credits with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better and a grade of "C" or better in all ECE courses.
  • Semester prior to enrolling in early Childhood Licensure Teaching Practicum students must meet with the Program Coordinator to ensure placement in the field at a public elementary school

After BCC

  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer.
  • For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer

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 111The West and the World I

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

MTH 127Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

3 credits

MTH 128Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

SCI 113Physical Science

4 credits

SSC 101Introduction to Geography

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:32

Elective Courses

Biology Elective

3-4 credits


3 credits


3 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-13

Biology Elective: Choose a 3- or 4-credit biology course

Choose electives with a faculty advisor to prepare to enter an academic major at the selected transfer institution

Humanities Elective: Recommend HUM 172, HUM 254, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 253, ENG 254, ENG 255, ENG 256, PHL 101, PHL 152, COM 101

Program Courses

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 112Observing, Recording, and Analyzing Early Childhood Settings

3 credits

ECE 222Special Needs in Early Childhood

3 credits

ECE 260Play and Early Childhood Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 261Early Childhood Licensure Teaching Practicum

5 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ECE 101, ECE 111, ENG 101, HST 111, MTH 127, PSY 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ECE 112, ENG 102, MTH 128, PSY 252, SCI 113

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

BIO 110 or BIO 117 or BIO 220, ECE 222, ECE 260, Humanities Elective, Elective, Elective

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

 Elective, Elective, ECE 261, HST 113, SSC 101

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 tests to prove immunity). TB test required each year. Health insurance is required.

Criminal Record Check

  • Students are required to submit to a C.O.R.I (Criminal Offender Record Investigation) check to identify any criminal offense history. A positive C.O.R.I check would prevent student from engaging in field-related work including EC Licensure Teaching Practicum.


  • During this program, which requires a Teaching Practicum experience, Early Childhood students should be aware that young children are physically very active. Students must be able to move quickly and have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to 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.
  • Prior to acceptance into a teacher education licensure program, students who opt for this track need to pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Test (CLST) of the Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL) conducted by the Department of Education. In addition, state colleges may set other requirements such as minimum acceptable grade(s) and/or courses accepted for transfer. It is the student's responsibility to identify these requirements.
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