The early childhood education concentration (ages 0-6) educates 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. The children you work with thrive on the activity they find in their early care settings. Springfield College mirrors that energy in our authentic learning experience.

Our students tell us that the convenience of our program allowed them to continue working while earning their degree. What they found invaluable were the experiences they shared with Springfield College faculty and classmates. They also depended on the credits they earned for their trainings, which made graduating in 16 to 24 months possible.

Early Childhood Education Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses

(12 credits)

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Ethical and Professional Standards of Early Childhood Education
  • Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education Internship (for students without documented early childhood education experience within the last two years)

Classroom-based Track

(12 credits)

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Education Classroom Management
  • Assessment and Documentation in Early Childhood Education

Administration Track

(12 credits)

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Basic Management Skills for Early Childhood Education
  • Program Evaluation in Early Childhood Education
  • Additional concentration course

Create Your Own Flexible Schedule

Choose a fully online early childhood education program or a hybrid program, which includes a mix of online and in-class courses.  Whichever you choose, we are prepared to support you. Please note that all concentration courses are delivered online.

Hybrid Evening Courses

These classes take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Hybrid Weekend Courses

These classes take place Saturdays and Sundays (typically twice per month) and feature additional online coursework.

Fully Online Courses

All coursework is completed online in a social and interactive learning environment.

In order to earn a bachelor’s degree with the early childhood education concentration, you must take the 12 required credits in early childhood education, plus an additional 12 credits in your chosen track (classroom-based or administration).You may take the required and elective courses at Springfield College, or transfer in courses from other regionally accredited higher education institutions. Credits also may be awarded through the experiential learning process.

Student Projects

Recent projects by students in our early childhood education concentration:

  • 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
Student reading a children's book to children in a classroom