Early Childhood Education
The children you work with thrive on the activity they find in their early care settings. Springfield College's School of Professional and Continuing Studies mirrors that energy in the authentic learning experiences you and your classmates will find in this program.
Our students tell us that the convenience of a weekend program allowed them to continue working while earning their degree. That was important to them in choosing a program, but what they found invaluable were the experiences they shared with Springfield College faculty and classmates who were working in, or had worked in, early childhood classrooms. They also depended on the credits they earned for their trainings, which made graduating in 16 to 24 months possible.
The mission of the early childhood education (ages 0-6) concentration is to educate students to serve as early childhood professionals who create high quality, collaborative, comprehension, consistent, culturally congruent environments for all children; and to educate students to support and validate parents and families, so that communities will be empowered to achieve social and economic justice.
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.