Program Goals Statement

The Early Childhood Education Licensure Transfer program enrolls individuals aspiring to become educators of preschool, kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 children. Successful candidates may apply for preschool lead teacher qualification from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Child Care, provided a teaching practicum has been complete in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom. In addition, students are eligible to transfer as juniors into the Massachusetts Educator Licensure program at a 4-year state or private institution with which the College has an articulation agreement.

Program Information

ECE 260 requires completion of 26 general education credits with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better and a grade of "C" or better in all ECE courses.  ECE 260 must be completed in the semester prior to completing ECE 261.

Students should follow the recommended course sequence provided in the catalog.

Students should meet with the ECE Licensure Coordinator prior to registering for courses.

Semester prior to enrolling in early Childhood Licensure Teaching Practicum students must meet with the Program Coordinator to ensure placement in the field at a public elementary school.

After Bristol

Bristol participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. 

For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current Bristol articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website.

Students who have successfully completed their associates in science in the early childhood licensure program are eligible to work as a Paraprofessional in the public school department.

Courses address the knowledge and competencies required for MA Department of Early Education and Care Teacher Qualifications in preschool age, if the teaching practicum was in a pre-k or kindergarten classroom. Students should access the Department of Early Education and Care website and follow directions regarding qualifications.

Infused General Education Competencies

Ethical Dimensions, Oral Communication, Technical Literacy

Special Requirements for the Program

Health Requirements

• Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations or titres (blood tests to prove immunity). TB test required each year. Health insurance is required.

Criminal Record Check

• C.O.R.I. (Criminal Offender Record Information) and S.O.R.I. (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks are required prior to clinical placement and are conducted in accordance with State regulations by both Bristol Community College and early child care agencies/elementary schools. Students may be required to complete fingerprinting and would be financially responsible for any costs associated with fingerprinting.


• During this program, which requires a Teaching Practicum experience, Early Childhood students should be aware that young children are physically very active. Students must be able to move quickly and have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to accurately monitor children in their charge.

• Transportation to fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student. Students should be prepared to travel up to an hour from campus for these assignments.

• Prior to acceptance into a teacher education licensure program, students who opt for this track need to pass the Communications and Literacy Skills Test (CLST) of the Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL) conducted by the Department of Education. In addition, state colleges may set other requirements such as minimum acceptable grade(s) and/or courses accepted for transfer. It is the student's responsibility to identify these requirements.

MassTransfer A2B Pathway

The Early Childhood Education - Licensure program is a MassTransfer A2B Mapped Program with some Massachusetts State Universities. When choosing electives, complete an A2B Program Search to determine available transfer institutions and to ensure all credits will be transferred and applied to your degree.

Degree Requirements

Elective Courses

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Human Expression Elective  +
Transfer Elective  +
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Course Sequencing

Item #
Human Expression Elective  +
Sub-Total Credits
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Transfer Elective  +
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Academic Area

Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Degree Offered

Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education (Licensure)


Program Code


Program Contact

Carole Tessier
Program Coordinator

Patricia Sherblom
Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education



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