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Early Childhood Education Director Concentration (AA)

About the Early Childhood Education Director Concentration 

This program offers excellent preparation for a career in any early childhood education profession through a degree 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 certification by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and competencies for the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). 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.


Licensure Requirements

Fisher Colleges Early Education and Care Program is designed to meet certification for early childhood education (birth -5) in all 50 states, but is not a public school licensure program. Fisher College has not made a determination whether this program meets Pre K - 12th grade licensure. Students seeking professional licensure should contact the appropriate Department of Education licensing board in that state to verify licensure requirements. See list of licensure requirements for Early Childhood Centers by state.

Program Requirements

Early Childhood Education Career Track

Associate in Arts Degree graduates may pursue a career in any a vast variety of childcare centers. The following list is just an example of some of the opportunities our students have pursued. Many of Fisher's ECE interns receive job offers from one or both of their Practicums. For those who choose to continue their education, the internships provide invaluable experience to help students succeed in a baccalaureate program.  

  • Early Intervention Specialist 
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Early Childhood Education Director 
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Head Teacher
  • Director
  • Nanny

Program Snapshot

Credits: 62
Learning Format: Online
Term Length: 8-weeks 
Typical Time to Completion*: 10 terms; 20 months

Degree Pathways

Students who have earned a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential may be eligible to be awarded up to 7 credits through Prior Learning Assessment.

*Based on continuous enrollment of two courses every term. Time to completion may be shorter based on eligible transfer credit or longer if course enrollment varies.