Early Childhood Education

Associate in Arts Degree (DAPS)

Traditional or Directors Concentration
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.

Children Learn What They Live
If children live with criticism,
they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.
If children live with fear,
they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity,
they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule,
they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy,
they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame,
they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance,
they learn patience.
If children live with praise,
they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance,
they learn to love.
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition,
they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing,
they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty,
they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration,
they learn respect.
If children live with security,
they learn to have faith in themselves
and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness,
they learn the world is a nice place in which to live."

- Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D


Bachelor of Science in Human Services
Interested in taking your education beyond an associate degree? Check out our Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree.
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