Education

Early Childhood Studies: Adult Degree Completion

Bachelor of Science (BS), non-licensure adult degree completion program

Gain the confidence and skills to be a great educator.

If you want to start a career as an early childhood educator or you’re already teaching and want to enhance your knowledge and experience, our bachelor’s degree completion program is the perfect opportunity for you. You can transfer up to 90 credits towards your bachelor’s degree at Lesley, making it easier and faster for you to fulfill the 120-credit degree requirement.

With our on-campus courses, you’ll choose to specialize in one of four areas: infants and toddlers, children with special needs, preschool children, or integrated teaching through the arts. In addition to your specific area of study, you’ll also gain a better understanding of the principles of developmental learning. And, learn important tools that will help you succeed as an educator, like assessment strategies, adaptations for special needs, and classroom management.

You’ll also participate in required field experiences that will help develop your practical skills in a real-world setting. Under the direction of the field supervisor, you’ll work directly with children in a childcare or educational environment. And, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a placement that relates to your specialized program of study. Earning your bachelor’s degree is invaluable for a career as an early childhood educator, as more and more employers are requiring their teachers to have one.

Program Structure

Flexible On-Campus Program for Working Adults

120 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Early Childhood Education program:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Internships & Careers
Unparalleled School Partnerships
Our partnerships with school districts throughout the Greater Boston area give you unprecedented access to some of the most coveted internships and career opportunities in the U.S. You’ll work with children inside the classroom as early as your first year and go on to rewarding careers in these communities and beyond:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 30 credits in this degree completion program.
Early Childhood Studies: Adult Degree Completion
  • Tuition
    $540/credit x 30
    $16,200
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost for 30 credits in this degree completion program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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