The Early Childhood Education program at Berkshire Community College (BCC) offers several pathways for students to pursue their career goals. Two certificate programs plus two degree programs are available for students with varying needs. Certificates offer stackable courses that may lead to degree opportunities. Courses outlined in the Associate in Arts program meet the Massachusetts Transfer Compact and provide a strong foundation for students continuing on to a bachelor's degree while the Associate in Science program prepares students to immediately enter the work force.
The curriculum stresses the synthesis of theory and practice. Techniques of working with individual students, addressing group needs, and demonstrating respect for culture and community are emphasized. Program models from around the world and current research on neuroscience is examined while focusing on developmentally appropriate practice as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Courses are aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and NAEYC core competencies.