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Multidisciplinary Studies with Early Education & Care Concentration

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The baccalaureate program in multidisciplinary studies at Cambridge College is a flexible option for students who are attending college for the first time or returning after years away.


The program develops academic and workplace skills for success and knowledge across a variety of academic fields. Students concentrating in Early Education and Care learn to provide developmentally appropriate instruction and other services for young children in public and private institutions and agencies, including day care centers, pre-schools and family child care homes.

Program Outcomes:

Specific learning outcomes of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree with the Early Education & Care concentration include:

  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
  • Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout history and within contemporary society
  • Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis 
  • Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
  • Fundamental theories and practices in early education and care
  • Integrated language arts and reading in early childhood education
  • Developing curriculum for young children
  • Creating effective learning environments in early education classrooms
  • Childhood growth and development
  • Observing and recording techniques in early education classroom settings
  • The successful inclusion classroom

Careers and Further Study:

Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.

Our graduates go on to a wide variety of careers, often working in schools, community organizations and services, government agencies, and businesses. Many go on to graduate study in fields ranging from education, to law, to business management.

Early Education and Care prepares students for entering early education and care careers in both the private and public sectors.  Graduates are further prepared for entering graduate work in the fields of education, child development, and child psychology.


General Education - required courses

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 bibliography 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

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives

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

Liberal Arts Major

Upper level courses (300 level and above) distributed by area:

Arts & Humanities - at least 9 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - at least 9 credits

Social Sciences - at least 9 credits

Multidisciplinary Studies Capstone
BAM 490 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: 90 credits minimum, including WRT101 and WRT102. The Capstone is a comprehensive research project which is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning in the undergraduate multidisciplinary program. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest in the field of multidisciplinary studies and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed. Those who take an additional term to complete the Capstone must register for BAM491 and pass before graduating.
Concentration: Early Education and Care

Fall 2014: replaced by BA in Early Childhood Education & Care.

Earlier concentration consists of courses below and:

Take EMC 317 or PSY 251. Take EMC 307 or EMC 318. And take EMC 315 Developing Curriculum for Young Children.

Please note: some of these courses have been updated; students will take updated courses.

Introduction to Early Education and Care
EMC 210 3 credit(s)
Students will learn about the skills necessary for being an early childhood teacher and what the profession offers and requires for career and professional growth. The topics covered include what it means to create a developmentally appropriate program for young children, issues of the daily care of children, and current and future trends of the profession. Included will be an understanding of how developmental, emotional, and educational needs of young children (birth to eight years of age) are integrated in the course of daily life.
Integrated Language Arts & Reading
EMC 301 3 credit(s)
Students investigate the reading process and the rationale for integrating listening and speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking by practicing all of these elements. Focus is on the principles and practice of language acquisition and activities that encourage creativity and methods of developing, linking and expanding a child’s encounters with literature.
Creating Effective & Positive Learning Environments in Early Childhood Settings
EMC 316 3 credit(s)
The emphasis of this course is on using appropriate guidance techniques to promote positive behavior in childcare settings. What is critical is to understand that interventions must be based on the different developmental, cultural and self-esteem needs of children. Students will be presented with discipline models to become competent practitioners of techniques for birth-8 that match the student's personality and philosophy of learning as well as what is appropriate for the developing child. They will learn to help children develop self-regulation, self-concept, coping mechanisms, self-comfort skills, and positive interaction with peers and adults.
Educational Perspectives in Early Childhood Growth and Development
EMC 317 3 credit(s)
This course covers theories of child development and the developmental sequences critical for early education with emphasis on physical, sensory, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development in the context of individual differences. The course will focus on how children (birth-8) learn based on research in early brain development and the impact of adults on this learning process. Students learn how to create safe, nurturing and challenging learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote growth, social skills and knowledge.
Infant and Toddler Development
PSY 251 3 credit(s)
This course covers infant and toddler development in the context of family life cycle issues and factors relating to the larger social environ­ment. Physical, cognitive, social, personal and moral development are addressed, along with the resulting implications for creating optimal out-of-home care environments. Multicultural and multi-linguistic influences are considered throughout, and students become familiar with major child and family policy areas. The course focuses on general developmental trends and issues, and students bring in questions from their personal and professional lives. Students also learn report-writing and understanding of assessments.
Inclusive Teaching in Early Childhood Settings
EMC 307 3 credit(s)
This course will introduce the process of achieving an inclusive classroom. Topics addressed will include: the nature of various disabilities and the laws that govern their education; how to use best-practice strategies, accommodations, motivational interventions, and differentiated instruction so that ALL students benefit from instruction; how to work with other school professionals as part of a team that supports students with disabilities, as well as students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and how to develop the affective skills of students, including behavior management strategies for behaviorally challenged students.
Successful Inclusion in the Classroom
EMC 318 3 credit(s)
Students will learn about different techniques and models that promote the successful inclusion of all students in elementary and early education classrooms. Students will gain knowledge about existing federal and state laws, how to adequately understand and develop individualized education plans, plan collaboratively with other teachers to meet students’ needs, and enrich the learning environment for all.
Observing and Recording in Early Education Classrooms
EMC 308 3 credit(s)
This course will provide strategies for authentic assessments of young children in school and family settings. Appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play, and learning will be studied. Students will learn the value of using data from assessment to enhance curriculum and instruction for the class and individual child. Students will also learn to work with families and other professionals to share assessments and resulting strategies to best serve children.


  • Admission Test:

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

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

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

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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.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • 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.

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