Early Education and Care in Inclusive Programs - Bachelor Degree

The Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings (EECIS) program is an undergraduate major that combines academic theory and professional knowledge and competencies for individuals who intend to work with children from birth through age 8 and their families.   

The EECIS program is designed for practitioners currently working in the field in a wide variety of settings, including family child care, center-based programs, after-school programs and family support, early intervention programs and public school preK-grade 2, as well as undergraduates interested in the growing field of early childhood studies.     The EECIS course of study focuses on the development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and youth and is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care professional certification requirements, the core competencies, and the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. 

In this program, you will inquire into the nature of learning and teaching for different early childhood age ranges and ability levels.  You will critically reflect on your own learning, and will become familiar with research findings on the development of concepts and skills in children and on the effectiveness of different modes of instruction.  You will design curriculum and explore a variety of ways to assess each child's development and learning, as well as strategies for using assessment as a means of improving instruction.

ECCIS Concentrations

Students in the EECIS program are required to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelors Degree with a concentration in one of the following:

  • Early Intervention
  • Infant/Toddler Care and Education
  • Preschool Education and Care
  • Administration and Supervision
  • Youth and Community Outreach
  • Early Childhood Licensure - this requires a dual major in one of the liberal arts and sciences; and passing the Massachusetts Test for Educational Licensure (MTEL)  in 1) Communication and Literacy Skills, 2) Early Childhood, and 3) Foundations of Reading. 

UMASS Boston

Contact Person(s): 
Jennifer Wood
Teaching Credentials: 
DESE Teacher License Prek-2, EEC Director I Certification, EEC Director II Certification, EEC Lead Teacher Certification, EEC Teacher Certification
Course Delivery Format: 
Face-to-Face, Evening and Weekends, Online, Hybrid (Face-to-Face + Online)
Alternative Credit Options: 
Transfer Credits Accepted