Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings (EECIS), BA

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The Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings (EECIS) Program is a BA degree program that combines academic theory and professional knowledge and competencies. The EECIS major is designed for individuals who intend to work with children (birth through age 8) and their families in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • after-school programs
  • center-based programs
  • early-intervention programs
  • family child care
  • family support programs
  • Head Start programs
  • public schools (pre-K–grade 2)

The EECIS Program is designed for (1) practitioners who are currently working in the field and are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, and (2) undergraduates interested in the growing field of early childhood studies. The EECIS course of study is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care professional certification requirements, and the competencies and standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Graduates of the EECIS Program have a working knowledge of the dimensions of typical and atypical child growth and learning (language development, cognition, approaches to learning, social and emotional development, and physical and motor development); skills in assessment, curriculum development and implementation, family support, home and center-based program development and implementation, ethics and professionalism, and proficiency in leadership, administration, and supervision. EECIS graduates are able to create and/or modify environments, curriculum, and individualized and family development plans to ensure access and involvement by all children and their families in educational settings.

Who should apply for this degree?

  • Students who plan to work in community programs
  • Entry-level and experienced early childhood practitioners
  • Traditional UMass Boston students
  • Transfer students who have their associate degree

Degree Requirements and Concentrations

Students in the EECIS program are required to fulfill the requirements for a bachelor's degree. See the General Education and Distribution Requirement and the EECIS core courses for all concentrations.  Links to the courses required for each concentration are below.


*Licensure Concentration requires dual major in one of the liberal arts and sciences, and passing the Massachusetts Test for Educational Licensure (MTEL)

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Field Experiences

Internships are an integral part of all six concentrations. These field experiences will provide you with direct opportunities to work with children and families in inclusive settings. If you are currently employed in an early childhood program, your current work site will be considered for internship placement as appropriate.

Core EECIS Courses for All Concentrations

ECHD 201- Foundations of Early Intervention and Education for all Children

ECHD 211 - Child Growth and Development Birth to Age Eight – Including Special Needs

ECHD 221 - Positive Learning Environments for Children With and Without Disabilities

ECHD 317 - Responsibility and Ethics in Early Education and Care

ECHD 422 - Observing, Documenting and Assessing in Early Childhood

ECHD 435 - Family Systems – Support and Engagement

ECHD 440 - Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood

EDC U 406 - Sociocultural Perspectives: Building Family, Community and School Relationships

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