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