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Early Education and Care (BSE) (non-licensure)

Support diverse learners from infancy to age 8. Learn more today.

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Degree Overview

The BSE in Early Education and Care enables students to develop skills and competencies to foster the growth and development of young children, infancy to 8 years. This program carefully integrates theory, research, and practice with applied experiences in real-world settings. With connections to specialized special education coursework, students develop increased capacity to support diverse learners.

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This program is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Core Competencies. Graduates will find career opportunities in a range of early education and community-based settings such as child care centers, family child care providers, and out-of-school time programming. After completion of this degree, students can apply for certification through the State Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) as Lead Teacher, Infant-Toddler Teacher, and Director Level 1. 

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, graduates from the Early Childhood Education and Care program will be able to do the following:

  • Describe, understand and apply child development principles and research to design environments, curriculum, and programming for young children.
  • Create warm, nurturing, stimulating, respectful, and supportive environments for young children.
  • Design high-quality, developmentally-appropriate, and engaging curriculum for diverse young children with and without disabilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of observation, documentation, and assessment, including its purpose and use in supporting individual child growth and learning.
  • Engage families in the development and support of learning goals for young children.
  • Participate as a professional in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE), including upholding NAEYC ethical and professional standards.
  • Engage in continuous, collaborative, and reflective learning to inform practice.
  • Understand the role of teamwork, community engagement and the development of collaboration to foster positive outcomes for young children.

Requirements and Curriculum

Early Education and Care BSE (non-licensure)
Liberal Arts and Sciences (PDF)
Two-Year Course Rotation (PDF)

Transfer Information

If you're transferring from Quinsigamond Community College, check out our articulation agreement (PDF) and see the approved transfer equivalencies and your best options for course selection.

Career Opportunities

  • Director Level 1
  • Early Educator
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Infant-Toddler Teacher
  • Lead Teacher
  • Out-of-School Time Program Teacher

Program at a Glance


  • CAEP/NCATE Accredited
  • Affordable pathway to degree attainment
  • Course formats to support working professionals
  • 2+2 transfer opportunity for associate in arts early education degree
  • Advance teacher and lead teacher certification (EEC)
  • Meaningful, engaging, immediately applicable course content (in your current employment setting)
  • Coursework aligned to QRIS standards


Face-to-face and online courses offered in the evenings with some day courses during the summer.

Program Cost

Tuition and fees


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