School of Arts & Sciences

Early Childhood Education & Care  Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Care prepares you to work with and teach young children in an approach that emphasizes diversity, inclusion and current social justice issues. Concentrations help you tailor your degree to your goals.

Boston
120 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024

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Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care Overview

Get the training to advance your career in early childhood education. The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care program at Cambridge College develops the competencies defined by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Coursework addresses issues of social justice and inclusion of all children, focusing on special needs, diversity and English language learners.

This program enables you to meet the academic requirements for EEC certification as an infant toddler or preschool teacher, a Lead teacher, or director. For more information, forms and worksheets, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

This program includes a mix of on-campus, remote (Zoom) and online (asynchronous) classes. You can choose from a variety of electives to tailor your studies to your particular career goals.

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

Early childhood education refers to educational programs that serve young children from birth through age 8. Early childhood educators plan and organize educational activities for preschool and school-age children, focusing on activities that aid cognitive and social development. Some early childhood programs are privately run, while others are operated via local school systems or funded by the federal government.

Combining expert instruction and hands-on training, the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Care program at Cambridge College offers:

  • Experiential learning: The early childhood education degree includes an advanced field experience in which you will get to observe, participate and teach in an early childhood setting. There is also a multidisciplinary capstone research project.
  • EEC certification: This program develops the competencies defined by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, enabling you to become certified as an infant toddler or preschool teacher, a lead teacher or director.
  • Flexible, hybrid program: This program includes a mix of on-campus, remote (Zoom) and online (asynchronous) classes to give you flexibility. Designed to help you balance education, work and family time, scheduled classes are held on evenings and weekends.
  • Convenient location: Attend in-person classes at our Boston campus which is a 5-minute walk from the Orange Line and offers free parking for students.
  • Expert faculty: Work closely with experienced faculty with diverse research backgrounds in early childhood education and child development.
  • Outstanding value: Offering world-class education at a low tuition rate, Cambridge College is one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States.
  • Diverse students: Cambridge College was recently ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the nation, giving you the opportunity to work with other adult learners from all over the world.

Cambridge College has helped me to develop my academic skills, allowing me to be more confident and successful in my studies. I have met some great people and very intelligent professors. I also love the fact that Cambridge College offers week-long and weekend-intensive classes.

Alycia Manganaro
BA in Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education & Care Tuition Information

Location
Cost Per Credit
Credits*
Total Program Tuition
Boston
Cost Per Credit$502
Credits* 120 credits
Total Program Tuition $60,240

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Early Childhood Education Concentrations

Specializing your degree can help set you apart in the job market and boost your earning potential. The early childhood education degree at Cambridge College offers a variety of concentration options to focus your studies in an area that interests you.

  1. Choose your program of study. Browse our Program Finder to find your program.
  2. Complete and sign the online application.
  3. Pay the $50 application fee ($100 for international students) by the term start date.
  4. Send official transcripts directly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts
  5. Fulfill any additional program-specific admissions requirements.
  6. Ensure you have internet access, and a fully functional laptop or desktop computer that can play audio and video and access Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint).

Note: Your admission file must be complete and accepted before your financial aid may be awarded, before your transfer credit may be evaluated, and before you may register for classes.

Cambridge College undergraduate admission also requires at least one of the following:

  • Original high school transcript showing graduation or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) or HiSET certificate
  • Or an affidavit confirming high school program completion in a state-approved homeschool setting.
  • Or, if not required by state law, proof of high school education in a homeschool setting meeting state attendance exemptions
  • Or enrollment in an eligible career pathway program
  • Or proof of passing scores on an approved ability-to-benefit test (such as the Accuplacer Test administered by Cambridge College)
  • Or nine credit hours of Cambridge College course work, applicable toward an undergraduate degree or certificate, completed with grades of B or better. (Non-matriculated students may not receive aid while earning credits.)
  • Or 24 or more credits earned from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Note: Official college transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit. Courses not included in an earned associate degree must be earned at a grade of C or better to be eligible for transfer.

Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Salaries

Your salary for early childhood education will vary depending on where you work, your degree level and your experience. Early childhood educators who work in primary school settings tend to make the highest salaries.
 

Median annual salaries for early childhood educators include:

  • Preschool teacher: $35,3301
  • Preschool and childcare center director: $49,6902
  • Preschool special education teacher: $62,2403
  • Kindergarten and elementary school teacher: $61,6204

$49,690

Median annual salaries for preschool and childcare center directors2

$61,620

Median annual salaries for kindergarten and elementary school teachers4

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited November 13, 2023).

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm (visited November 13, 2023).

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 25-2051 Special Education Teachers, Preschool, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252051.htm (visited November 13, 2023).

4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (visited November 13, 2023).

Jobs in Early Childhood Education

Graduates of the Cambridge College Early Childhood Education and Care degree typically progress from entry level to upper-level careers in:

  • State and private daycare centers and preschools
  • Head Start and other agencies focused on underserved populations
  • Home care

Graduates are also well prepared for graduate study in fields related to childhood development.

Faculty Spotlight

Ronda Goodale

Ronda Goodale

PhD, CAGS, MED, BS-Ed

Chair - Early Education and Care, Psychology and Senior Instructor pronouns: she/her

Ronda A. Goodale, an esteemed educator and leader, holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Boston College and boasts a rich tapestry of certifications and licenses. As Chair of Early Education and Care at Cambridge College, she cultivates a diverse faculty and imparts expertise in developmental psychology. Goodale's influence extends to consultancy roles with school systems, employment at several universities and pivotal contributions to Boston Public Schools, where she championed...

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