Middlesex Community College

The Early Childhood Education Associate in Science degree program provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum, after completing 24 program credits. The practicum must be in early care and education programs for children.


Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are prepared to:

  • Describe the needs and characteristics of young children;
  • Explain the influences on development and learning;
  • Analyze observation and assessment-tool information to assist children to develop and reach their potential;
  • Understand the social, economic and cultural issues facing schools and families;
  • Demonstrate knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments;
  • Demonstrate in-depth critical knowledge of the theory and research relevant to the professional role(s) and focus area(s) emphasized in the program.

Resources available:

MCC offers the following Resources:

  • Academic Computing
  • Academic Support Program and Tutoring Services
  • Academic Support Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Library and Computer Access
  • Flexible Studies
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Academic Advising

Student Supports provided:

Student life at Middlesex reflects the diversity of those who attend the college. Our student body is a lively mix of recent high school graduates, returning adults, parents, full-time employees and veterans. To meet their needs, we offer a variety of student services - programs, activities, and special support services - to assist students in their academic studies and to provide opportunities for personal and social growth.

Services include... Academic, Career and Transfer Center, Academic Support and Tutoring Services, Community Engagement, Counseling: Personal and Consultation Services, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Fitness and Recreation, Health Services, International and Multicultural Office, Links Program for Adult Learners, Pathways Center, Technology Help Service Desk, Student Accounts, Student Activities, Transition Program, TRIO-Student Success Program , Veterans Services and Veterans Resource Center

Other Locations:

Bedford Campus: 591 Springs Road Bedford, MA 01730

Programs Available

Early Childhood Education - Transfer Program

The Early Childhood Education Transfer (Associate in Science) program is designed to prepare a student to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to teacher licensure.