UMass Boston

Early Education & Care in Inclusive Settings BA

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Make a meaningful impact on the lives of young children in your community.

This program offers opportunities for students to learn about early childhood education from birth to age eight and participate in early childhood care and classroom management. Our graduates are prepared to work in urban, diverse, and inclusive settings and serve children and their families as soon as they graduate. As a student in this program, you will receive guidance from people already working in the field and acquire the skills you need to pursue an education career.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of child development theories, pedagogical approaches, and evidence-based practices that support the learning and development of young children in inclusive settings
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to create inclusive and culturally responsive learning environments, fostering the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth of all children, including those with diverse abilities and backgrounds
  • Cultivate effective communication, collaboration, and advocacy skills, enabling you to engage with families, colleagues, and community partners to promote the well-being of children and advocate for equitable and inclusive early education policies and practices

Career Possibilities

Teach and nurture young children in inclusive early childhood settings such as public or private preschools, Head Start programs, or child care centers. Work collaboratively with educators and families to provide support and resources for children with diverse abilities. Or, engage in advocacy efforts to promote equitable and inclusive early education policies. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Policy Advocate

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

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Financing Your Education

Become a Beacon and pursue your passion in UMass Boston’s diverse, supportive environment. Many students across our 200+ undergraduate and graduate programs receive financial aid—providing access to an education that’s exceptional and affordable. Click below to learn more about financial aid opportunities and deadlines.

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Scholarships for First-Year & Transfer Students

Tuition & Financial Aid

Cost & Aid
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Core Courses (24 Credits):

  • ECHD 201 - Foundations of Early Intervention and Education for All Young Children 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 211 - International Institutions and Management of Development 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 221 - Supporting Young Children’s Social Interactions and Emotional Growth 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 317 - Responsibility and Ethics in Early Education and Care 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 422 - Observing, Documenting & Assessing in Early Childhood 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 435 - Family Systems, Support, and Engagement 3 Credit(s)
  • ECHD 440 - Language Development & Literacy in Early Childhood 3 Credit(s)
  • EDC U 406 - Sociocultural Perspectives: Building School, Family & Community Relationships 3 Credit(s)


Choose one of the following concentrations.

  • Early Childhood Licensure PreK-2nd Grade Concentration 
  • Early Intervention Concentration  
  • Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Concentration
  • Infant/Toddler Education Concentration
  • Leadership and Administration Concentration 
  • Preschool Education and Care Concentration  

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