Early Childhood Education Concentration
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
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.
Early Childhood Brochure
Download the early childhood education brochure here.
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, 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.
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 (GERs)
- SHS requirements
- Early Childhood Concentration requirements (Minimum 12 credits taken in residence)
The link below provides a detailed explanation of the graduation requirements and lists the GER categories.
Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education concentration (ECED) must fulfill their requirements for Group Project in 12 credits of Early Childhood Education courses under the course numbers ECED 330, 331, and 332 -- by completing a project that is relative to the early childhood field.
The Early Childhood Education concentration is offered at these locations: