Education - Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education Concentration

Education - Liberal Arts - Early Childhood Education Concentration

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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The Early Childhood Education concentration meets the Massachusetts Transfer Compact and provides a sound liberal arts foundation for students continuing on to a bachelor's degree. For students who are already working in the Early Childhood field and who are enrolled or planning to enroll in the Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education at BCC, funding is available -- click here for information on ECE Scholarships. In addition to courses specific to the field, this degree aims to promote a broad vision of the world and human development from historical,scientific, artistic, environmental, and social science perspectives. This is a MassTransfer eligible program. EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be able to: understand current and historical philosophical and theoretical aproaches to early childhood education; develop a philosophy of early childhood education; demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in the field; possess knowledge of child development, birth through age 8; plan and implement developmentally appropriate acivities and curriculum, reflecting children with special needs, and diverse backgrounds; describe the role of the early childhood teacher; observe, record and assess young children from diverse cultural backgrounds across different developmental areas; understand current issues and trends that affect young children and their families, including legal issues and public policies; value the importance of maintaining positive, collaborative relationships with families; be familiar with community resources that serve children; demonstrate knowledge of opportunities for professional growth; apply teaching techniques and demonstrate effectiveness as a teacher as evaluated by supervising teachers and through self-evaluation.

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To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.


26 Credits

ECE 101

Early Childhood Growth/Development


ECE 104

Intro to Early Childhood Ed


ECE 122

Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed.


ECE 123

Early Childhood Ed. Practicum I


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