Early Care and Education

Help children grow while growing your career options: Early childhood education (ECE) jobs will grow 25 percent from 2012-2020 -- faster than average -- according to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Early Care and Education degree completion program is designed for working people who already have an associate’s degree. A bachelor’s degree can be completed in 20 months with classes held on Saturdays, in 10 eight-week sessions, beginning in August 2015. Students join a cohort and remain in that group throughout the program. All classes are held at Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301.

The 2+2 programs at GCC extend baccalaureate opportunities for students and alumni: Students earn an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from GCC, then build on their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Care and Education from Elms College by taking additional classes on the GCC campus in Greenfield and online. All students are welcomed to apply from any accredited college to the Early Care and Education program from Elms College.

The Early Care and Education program is for early childhood educators who work in private early care and educational settings such as Head Start, family day care and early childhood centers. The program is a non-licensure program and does not prepare students to work in public schools.

The bachelor’s degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78* credits from GCC or other accredited colleges.  A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College. 

For current GCC student/graduate: to maximize transferrable credits and receive discipline-specific preparation, it is recommended that students complete the Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), following the Greenfield Community College advising guidelines for the GCC/Elms 2+2 Transfer Early Care and Education Degree available from their academic advisors at GCC. Contact Peggy Martalock, Early Childhood GCC at 413-775-1118, martalockp@gcc.mass.edu for assistance.

*Allowing that all core and major requirements are met.