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Early Childhood Education and Care
- Credits: 120
Bachelor of Arts
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 (EEC). 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.
Students can meet the academic requirements for EEC certification as an Infant-Toddler or Pre-School Teacher, a Lead Teacher, or Director. For more information, forms and worksheets please visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. (Please observe the field experience and work requirements listed.)
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.
For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.
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.
Arts & Humanities - 6 credits
Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits
Social Sciences - 6 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.)
Additional required course: Early Education & Care Field Experience
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.
The Capstone will focus on Early Childhood.
No SAT or ACT tests required.
$50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Learn more about General Requirements
State Health Requirements
The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:
Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form
Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.
International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:
- Official demonstration of English language proficiency
- Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
- International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service
Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.
Cost per credit hour:
$50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
$125 (charged in last term)
Health Insurance Fee:
$1,730 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
Note: Rates are as of September 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.
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
Grants, Scholarships and Loans
Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college. Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more
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