Early Childhood Education and Care

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care prepares students to move up the career ladder in early education and care, as their course work develops the competencies defined by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. In addition, the course work addresses issues of social justice and inclusion of all children, focusing on special needs, diversity and English language learners. Electives enable students to tailor their studies to their particular career goals within the field.

Concentration Options

The bachelor's degree accepts any undergraduate concentrations as open electives. Concentration options will vary at each location.  Learn more about the available options by contacting the Admissions Office at 1-800-829-4723.

Program Outcomes

Successful graduates will have a demonstrated understanding of the following competencies supporting young children (birth to 8):

  • Growth and core development of children.
  • Guiding and interacting with children.
  • Partnering with families and communities.
  • Health, safety and nutrition for young children.
  • Learning environments and implementing curriculum.
  • Observation, assessment and documentation.
  • Program planning, development and implementation.
  • Professionalism and leadership.

Careers and Further Study

Our graduates typically progress from entry level to upper level careers in state and private day care centers and pre-schools, Headstart and other agencies focused on underserved populations, and home care.

Graduates are also well prepared for graduate study in fields related to young children.

Curriculum


General Education
42
Credits

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an Annotated Bibliograph and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
General Education - distribution requirements
18
Credits

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives
39
Credits

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. Any undergraduate concentrations are acceptable. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Early Childhood Major - required courses
42
Credits

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Early Education & Care
  • Integrated Language Arts & Reading
  • Educational Perspectives in Early Childhood Growth & Development
  • Partnering with Families & Communities in Early Childhood Settings
  • Developing Curriculum for Young Children (Birth-8)
  • Effective & Positive Learning Environments in Early Childhood settings
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition for Early Childhood Settings
  • Inclusive Teaching in Early Childhood Classrooms
  • Observing and Recording in Early Childhood Classroom
  • Early Childhood Program Planning & Development
  • Principles of Early Childcare Administration
  • Early Education & Care Field Experience
  • Early Childhood Capstone

Choose one 3-credit elective in management, human services, educational content or special education, based on your specific career goal and interest in young children.

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Personal Statement

Learn more about General Requirements 

State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    120
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $378
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

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