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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Accelerated Option

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Associate in Science

Bedford Campus

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education Accelerated Option Associate in Science degree program offers students the ability to earn their degree in as little as 24 months by combining weekend, accelerated and online courses. This option is attractive to students who prefer to attend classes on weekends. The 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 may 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 Health and Safety in Early Childhood (EDU 154), which can be taken concurrently. Students can access additional program information at www.middlesex.mass.edu

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Accelerated 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

*Must be above MAT 070
** If math, must be above MAT 070
♦ 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

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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