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Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education

  
 

Traditional Concentration

The Associate in Arts in Early Childhood Education program offers excellent preparation for a career in any child-care profession through a program with a broad base of theoretical and practical knowledge. Courses in this program follow the development of the child from birth through the preschool years. The intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of the child are explored, as are the needs experienced by children as they progress through these ages.

This degree program is comprised of courses and internship experiences which not only provide a solid academic background for the student, but a thorough preparation for a career as a child care professional. Our program satisfies course requirements for teacher licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and competencies for the National Child Development Associate Certificate.

Traditional Concentration Program Requirements
First Year
Credit hours
 CS101  Computer Concepts and Applications 3
 ED103  Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
 ED104  Early Childhood Education Seminar¥ 1
 ED116  Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children 3
 ED120
 Infant/Toddler Curricula 3
 ED121  Preschool Curricula 3
 EN101  English I 3
 EN102  English II 3
 MA106  Elementary Algebra± 3
 IS105  Common Experience  3
 PS103  Child Development 3
   Total Credits 31
Second Year
Credit hours
 CM105  Public Speaking 3
 ED200  Infant Toddler Practicum
4
 ED201  Preschool Practicum 4
 ED204  Strategies for Children's Behavior 3
 ED205  Children with Special Needs 3
 ED223  Administering Programs for Children
3
 PS101  Introduction to Psychology 3
   Humanities Electives 3
   Math/Science Elective 3/4
   Free Elective¥ 3
   Total Credits 32/33

* Administering Programs for Children is for DAPS students only; Day Division students must get permission from the Program Director.
¥ Required only for Day Division students.
± A higher level of math (MA191 or MA192) may be substituted.
Students may take ED200 and ED201 in any sequence; DAPS students may take ED209 Early Childhood Advanced Internship as a substitute for either course; Day Division students must get permission from their Program Director.

Minimum credits required for graduation — 63 for Day Division students and 62 for DAPS students.
  
 

Director Concentratoin

This program offers excellent preparation for a career in any child-care profession through a program with a broad base of theoretical and practical knowledge. Courses in this program follow the development of the child from birth through the preschool years. The intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of the child is explored, as are the needs experienced by children as they progress through these ages.

This degree program is comprised of courses and practicum experiences that provide not only a solid academic background for the student, but also a thorough preparation for a career as a child care professional. Our program satisfies course requirements for teacher licensure by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and competencies for the National Child Development Associate Certificate. Students entering the Early Childhood Education Program are required, by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, to pass the CORI, SORI, and finger print screening before beginning their practicums.
 

Director Concentration Program Requirements

First Year
Credit hours
 AC121  Financial Accounting 3
 CM105  Public Speaking
3
 CS101  Computer Concepts and Applications 3
 ED103  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3
 ED116  Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children
3
 ED120  Infant/Toddler Curricula
3
 ED121  Preschool Curricula
3
 ED104  Early Childhood Education Practicum Seminar*
1
 EN101  English I
3
 EN102  English II
 3
 IS105
 Common Experience1
3
 MA106
 Elementary Algebra*
3
 PS103
 Child Development
3
   Total Credits 31
Second Year
Credit hours
 CM105
 Public Speaking
3
 ED200
 Infant/Toddler Practicum§
3
 ED201  Preschool Practicum§
3
 ED204  Strategies for Children's Behavior
3
 ED205  Children with Special Needs
3
 PS101  Introduction to Psychology
3
 ED223  Administering Programs for Children
3
 ED224
 Supervision and Personnel Management in Programs for Children
3

 Humanities Elective
3
   Math/Science Elective
3/4
   Total Credits 32/33
 
* MA107, MA117, MA191, or MA192 may be substituted.
§ Students may take ED200 and ED201 in any sequence; DAPS students may take ED209 Early Childhood Advanced Internship as a substitute for either course; Day Division students must get permission from their Program Director.
1 IS105 is required of Day students. Students matriculated in DAPS take a free elective.
Minimum credits required for graduation – 65.
  
 

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