Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Children, Families and Society
The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Children, Families and Society, is a degree completion program for Early Childhood Educators. Attaining this degree will enable Early Childhood Educators to meet requirements of the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) under the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Under the QRIS system, to ensure children's healthy development, early educators must have formal coursework in early childhood education as well as subject area content, along with ongoing professional development that is linked to enhanced classroom activities, increased understanding of children's social-emotional development, and understanding impacts on development and learning.
The Interdisciplinary Studies: Children, Families and Society program is designed for early childhood educators who have work experience in the field and hold an Associates Degree (45 - 64 transfer credits). The program uses a cohort model designed for the adult learner who is managing work and family demands. In completing this degree, students will be prepared to work in an array of early care and education programs, private schools, early intervention programs, museums, playgrounds, and other specialized educational settings such as Head Start, Even Start, and Healthy Families.
- Cohort-style learning provides peer support for the adult learner who is managing work and family demands.
- Seven semesters, start-to-finish (including summer).
- Classes will be offered in Pittsfield, or a central location based on enrollment.
- Opportunity to earn prior learning experiential credits where students develop a portfolio documenting work and life experiences. The typical portfolio earns 15 credits, although it is possible to earn up to 30.
- Students complete one course at a time in consecutive 7-week cycles. Class meetings once per week, from 5:00-9:00 pm.
- Affordable public school tuition.
- Financial aid, including EEC scholarships, available to those who qualify.
- Students will have option to complete post-baccalaureate program leading to PreK-2 licensure upon completion of BA.
- Highly skilled faculty from a range of disciplines who regularly work with adult learners.