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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2019-20 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2019-20 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Early Childhood Education

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Associate in Science

 Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day and Evening

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education Associate in Science degree program provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum, after completing 24 program credits. The practicum must be in early care and education programs for children.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Graduates meet the academic requirements for Lead Teacher as currently specified by the Massachusetts Office of Children’s Services. Many graduates continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree. Students should check the requirements for transfer with their academic advisor.

Helpful Hints:

Child Growth and Development (PSY 122) is a prerequisite for EDU courses, with the exception of Introduction to Early Childhood Education (EDU 100) and Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education (EDU 154).

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are prepared to:

  • Describe the needs and characteristics of young children;
  • Explain the influences on development and learning;
  • Analyze observation and assessment-tool information to assist children to develop and reach their potential;
  • Understand the social, economic and cultural issues facing schools and families;
  • Demonstrate knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments;
  • Demonstrate in-depth critical knowledge of the theory and research relevant to the professional role(s) and focus area(s) emphasized in the program.

Total Credits: 60-61

** If math, preparation for College Math will NOT satisfy this requirement, unless Modules 1-12 have been completed.
♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Note: In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check

Service-Learning: Students are encouraged to gain experience in community organizations by participating in Service-Learning opportunities offered in courses throughout the degree program.

Note: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.


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