Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Youth Education

There is an increased demand for college-educated child specialists. The number of employment opportunities for workers with specialized knowledge of early childhood and youth care education in southern New England is projected to grow by 14.2%, with a high demand in the Boston, Providence, and Worcester areas.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Youth Education will enable students to prepare for growing career opportunities with young children from infancy to age 14 and out-of-school time. In order to accommodate students who are presently working in the field as well as those interested in working who choose to attend Becker College full-time, our ECE classes are held in a variety of modalities – face to face, online, hybrid, both day and evening classes.

The program includes the eight areas of competence that are addressed in the Massachusetts core competencies for early education and out-of-school time educators. The curriculum will include coursework in:

  • Child development
  • Guiding and interacting with children and youth
  • Partnering with families and community
  • Health, safety and nutrition
  • Learning environments and curriculum
  • Observation, assessment, and documentation
  • Program planning and development
  • Professionalism and leadership

Graduates will be qualified to pursue such career paths as infant/toddler teacher, early intervention specialist, preschool teacher, family support specialist, youth, child, or family advocates, home-based services provider, parent advocate/mentor, after school program director, parent-child enrichment program leader, director of youth and family programming, camp director, child care center worker, and coach.

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Learning Outcomes

As defined by the Department of Early Education and Care, students will meet the following core competencies:

  • Understanding the growth and development of children and youth.
  • Guiding and interacting with children and youth.
  • Understanding the roles of families and communities.
  • Ensuring the health, safety, and nutrition of children.
  • Understanding the characteristics of high quality learning environments and curriculum.
  • Using observation, assessment and documentation to meet the individual learning needs of children.
  • Understanding the importance of relationships and positive communication among colleagues.
  • Knowing and adhering to ethical guidelines and professional standards.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and Youth Education Curriculum

Course: Course Name: Credits:Course: Course Name:Credits:
Freshman Year
PSYC1002Developmental Child Psychology3PSYC1001Introduction to Psychology3
EDUC1010Introduction to Early Childhood Education3EDUC1004Experiences in ECE Curriculum3
EDUC1201Arts in Education3Math Elective3
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology3CORE-ENGLThe New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems3
CORE1001Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm3Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Sophomore Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
EDUC2203Diverse Learners in the Classroom3PSYC2105Social Psychology3
EDUC1001Behavior and the Young Child3ENGL1006Children's Literature3
EDUC2405 Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children3CORE3100Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset3
ENGL1003Writing about Literature3Science with Lab Elective4
Open Elective3ENGL2102Advanced Composition3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:16
Junior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
EDUC2004Administering and Evaluating Quality Programs for Young Children/Youth3EDUC3203Math, Science, and Technology for Young Children3
EDUC2500Practicum I6ENGL2003Public Speaking3
EDUC3101Foundations of Literacy3SOCI2400Social Problems3
Humanities or Fine Arts Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Senior Year
Course:Credits:Course:Credits:
EDUC3500Practicum II6EDUC4100Early Childhood Education Capstone3
PSYC3200 Psychology of Family3General Education Elective3
PSYC3400Abnormal Psychology3Open Elective3
Open Elective3Open Elective3
Open Elective3
Semester Total:15Semester Total:15
Total Credits:121

For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Youth Development, call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.