Early Childhood Education

The mission of the early childhood education concentration (ages 0-6) is to educate students to serve as early childhood professionals who (1) create high quality, collaborative , comprehension, consistent, culturally congruent environments for all children; and (2) support and validate parents and families, so that communities will be empowered to achieve social and economic justice.

Partnership with National Head Start Association

National Head Start Association

Springfield College School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the National Head Start Association signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2013.

It is the philosophy of the National Head Start Association that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. Read the full story.

Download the early childhood education brochure.

NOTE: The early childhood concentration does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Prospective students who are interested in teacher licensure or certification are encouraged to contact the Department of Education of the respective state for information.

We offer two tracks. The classroom-based track for students preparing careers in teaching, and the administrative track is for students preparing for administrative careers. A component of your learning will be an early childhood field placement, in which you will apply program theory in an authentic setting.


The U.S. Labor Department predicts that early childhood and preschool teachers and center director positions are likely to grow by 17 percent by 2022. Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in human services with a concentration in early childhood education can become:

  • Early Childhood or Preschool Teachers
  • Parent-child Educators
  • Early Childhood Administrators
    • Curriculum Development
    • Training
    • Management
  • Employers may be private or public child care centers or preschools
  • Organizations that offer childcare include employers, family child care centers, health clubs, religious centers
  • Government centers employing early childhood educators include Head Start and Health and Human Services departments

Weekend Classes

Attend classes on two weekends per month without disrupting your early childhood work schedule and your family responsibilities.

16 to 24 Months

Earn a bachelor’s degree in 16 to 24 months, saving you time and money.

Support for Adults

Get the academic support you need as an adult from attentive faculty and staff from the Academic Success Center at your campus.

Credit for Prior Learning

Earn up to 15 credits for National Head Start Association Academy Training, and as many as 18 credits for successful completion of Child Development Associate courses. You also can receive credit for knowledge gained from personal and professional experiences.

An Affordable Degree

The combination of an accelerated format, affordable tuition, and staff to help you navigate the financial aid process makes this a surprisingly affordable program.

Relevant and Current

Stay current in the field of early childhood education with a curriculum that addresses current trends and best practices in early care and education.

Student Projects

Start making real change with your community service project, in which you will take a leadership role in early childhood education in your community. These three-term projects have become the hallmark of School of Professional and Continuing Studies programs.

Web-enhanced Classroom

Enrich your learning and résumé with an online classroom component that will strengthen the skills you need as a professional in the field.

Outstanding Faculty

Learn from faculty members who have worked in early childhood education and are eager to share their experiences.

National and regional recognition

Get connected with the local, regional, and national organizations that Springfield College and its School of Professional and Continuing Studies have articulation agreements with, including the National Head Start Association and Bright Horizons.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn 120 credits to graduate. Of those credits, 48 must be taken at Springfield College (residency requirement).

Students must complete all three levels of required courses:

  • General education requirements
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies requirements
  • Early childhood education concentration requirements (Minimum 12 credits taken in residence)

The link below provides a detailed explanation of the graduation requirements and lists the general education requirements categories.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Credit and Course Requirements

School of Professional and Continuing Studies Requirements

Students enrolled in the early childhood education concentration must fulfill their requirements for Group Project, which includes earning 12 credits through completion of a project that is related to early childhood education ( under the course numbers ECED 330, 331, and 332).

Student Projects

Bring learning to life with hands-on community projects, making connections and impacting people before you graduate. Below are a list of past student projects.

  • Developing an Anti-bullying Training Program in the Early Childhood Community
  • It Should Not Hurt To Be a Child: Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Campaign
  • Creating the Northeast Kingdom Boys and Girls Club in Lyndonville, Vt.
  • Children are Everything: Creating Greater Awareness of Autism
  • Pre-school Obesity Education Initiative
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrition and Fitness for Children and Adults
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