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Early Childhood Education Associate Degree


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The associate in science degree program in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students, both pre-service and those already working in the field, for professional careers in Early Childhood Education.

NECC’s ECE Courses and Requirements provides the foundation for further study at a four-year college. Knowledge concerning how children grow, develop, and learn is acquired through coursework and field experience, which emphasize the study of the young child as an individual, as part of a family system, and as a participant in group settings.

An integral part of this program is the practicum and field placements which allow the student to apply theory and skills, under guidance and supervision, in classrooms and educational programs reflecting the diversity of the local communities. At the completion of this program, students will be prepared to contribute to learning environments that will foster challenging and comprehensive learning for all young children.


NECC’s Early Childhood Education program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Career Options

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Program will be prepared to assume a professional role in the education of young children. Professional Career Opportunities as state certified Lead Teachers and/or child care center Directors (depending on the length of experience) are available for ECE Program graduates.

State Certified Lead Teachers or Child Care Center Directors can receive more information via the Early Education & Care (EEC) website.

Students who want to teach in public schools and/or who would like more information regarding Massachusetts licensing requirements can visit the Department of Education (DOE) website.

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