Aug 14, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Early Education and Care Option, Birth-Age 8, Early Childhood Education, A.S.

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Graduates of this program more than satisfy the course and experience requirements for “Lead Teacher” status in programs licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC).


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of child development
  • assess typical child development through formal observations, informal developmental checklists, and discussions with colleagues and families
  • provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing early childhood setting for children and families that exceeds current EEC standards
  • identify children who demonstrate behaviors or skill acquisition difficulties that may require intervention
  • apply appropriate, research-based, and culturally responsive strategies to encourage appropriate behavior in an early education and care setting
  • apply content knowledge to the development of age-appropriate lesson plans and materials
  • demonstrate competent and professional oral and written communication skills
  • understand inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy in early education and care
  • understand how to build family and community relationships
  • apply interpersonal and job performance skills that reflect the professionalism demanded by early child care centers
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • understand how to apply the principles of UDL in early education and care settings


sufficient to complete the 60 credit graduation requirement

  • General Elective Credit(s): 31



1General Electives: ANT 114 , ASL 101 , ASL 102 , COM 150 MGT 235 , NTR 101 , SOC 130 , or any EDU course are recommended. However, any course listed in the college catalog is acceptable.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all EDU prefix courses in order to graduate from these programs and options.

****Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)****

Students enrolled in EDU courses may be subject to CORI/SORI background checks and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Applicants with a court record/past conviction may be unable to participate in student teaching. If a student is ineligible to do student teaching due to a criminal record, the student will not be able to graduate from the Education Program. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning for more information.


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