Early Childhood Education A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Patricia Kay


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

Program   41 Credits
ECE 101 Early Childhood Growth/Development 3
ECE 104 Intro to Early Childhood Ed 3
ECE 107  Understanding and Guiding Children’s Behavior 3
ECE 122 Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed.  3
ECE 123 Early Childhood Ed. Practicum I 3
ECE 124 Early Childhood Ed. Seminar I  1
ECE 220   Infant and Toddler Care 3
ECE 223 Early Childhood Education Practicum II 3
ECE 224 Early Childhood Education Seminar II 1
ECE 241 Creativity - A Child's Perspective     3
Behavioral Sciences Electives (see footnote 1) 6
 Free Electives 9
General Education 21 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG 205 Children's Literature 3
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 2) 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology 3
As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4 items
Forum 4 units
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall: 2.000

Area of Specialization: All Required ECE Courses


The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 12 Credits
(Pre-college courses as needed)  
ECE 101 Early Childhood Growth and Development 3
ECE 104  Intro. to ECE 3
PSY 107  Intro to Psych 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
Second Semester 12 Credits 
ECE 122 Special Needs in Early Childhood Ed 3
ENG 102 English Composition 3
SOC 105 3
Free Elective 3
Third Semester
13 Credits  
ECE 123 and 124   Intro. Practicum & Seminar 4
ECE 220 Infant & Toddler Care 3
COM Oral Communication 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Fourth Semester 13 Credits
ECE 107 Guiding Children’s Behavior 4
ECE  223 and 224  Intermediate Practicum & Seminar 3
ENG 205 Children’s Literature 3
Free Elective 3
Fifth Semester 12 Credits 
ECE 241 Creativity 3
MAT Mathematics 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3

1. Chosen from courses designated ECE, HSV, PSY or SOC. Recommended courses: HSV 135, SOC 136 and SOC 208.
2. BUS 105, Business Mathematics; MAT 101, Applied Contemporary Mathematics; or any course with the "MA" General Education designation.


Essential Functions

Early Childhood Education Program

Berkshire Community College seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. Therefore, to the extent practicable, the College will endeavor to make a reasonable academic adjustment for an applicant with a disability who is otherwise qualified.

The essential functions of a student enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program requires that the student, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to:

1. Conduct observations to assess their child development. Therefore, the student must demonstrate the ability to see children’s actions and hear children’s words.

2.  Communicate effectively, safely and efficiently by:

 a. Explaining procedures
 b. Receiving information from others
 c. Receiving information from written documents
 d. Exhibiting appropriate interpersonal skills

3.  Develop and carry out lesson plans in a classroom.

4. Stand/move about a classroom and assist young  children with tasks involving dressing, eating, manipulating classroom materials.

5. Facilitate the development of a child’s self-esteem,  trust and respect through positive, constructive interactions in both group and individual settings.

6. Use hands to grasp, operate and manipulate scissors, glue, etc. Sitting on floor or in small chairs is necessary, as is the ability to stand for prolonged periods.

7.  Assist with child guidance and discipline.

8.  Help prepare and maintain classroom environment.

9.  Pay attention to the safety of children at all times.

10.  Anticipate and respond to the needs of children and staff.

11.  Interact in a manner appropriate to a child’s developmental level.

12. Ensure that out-of-classroom pressures (personal, home, school) do not interfere with overall effective student-teaching performance.

13. Possess emotional openness to constructive feedback from supervising teacher.

14.  Other essential functions may be site-specific.