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Bachelor of Science in Child, Family & Community Studies

The B.S. in Child, Family & Community Studies prepares students to make a difference with and for youth and families. Students will learn what it takes to be a civic leader, a culturally competent and socially aware educator, and an advocate for youth and families in need.

By linking the theory and practice of working across the spectrum of social and human services – from child care services to PreK-12 schools to community development organizations – this major provides students with an opportunity to make an impact for the public good in a wide variety of career fields. 

The B.S. in Child, Family & Community Studies program accommodates students who have completed an associate’s degree (or the equivalent of 61 - 68 credits) and are interested in a career in, but not limited to, education, early childhood, and family services. 

The Bachelor’s Degree Completion program offers:

  • Full-time with students completing their bachelor’s degree in 24 months

Concentrations

  • Early Childhood Leadership and Administration
    The Early Childhood Leadership and Administration concentration prepares students to work in and be leaders of childcare and early childhood settings. This is a non-licensure program that emphasizes organizational leadership issues as well as curricular and instructional practices in the early childhood field. 
  • Family and Community Engagement
    The Family & Community Engagement concentration broadly prepares students across the areas of human and social services in a variety of career fields. This is a non-licensure program ideal for already-licensed practitioners and for those looking to expand their professional development and range of expertise. 
  • Licensure: Early Childhood PreK-2
    This concentration fulfills the requirements for licensure within the state of Massachusetts to teach in PreK-2 classrooms through a broad set of courses spanning child, family, and community issues and topics.
  • Licensure: Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) and/or Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
    This concentration fulfills the requirements for licensure within the state of Massachusetts to teach in elementary classrooms, grades 1-6 and/or students with moderate disabilities (PreK-8).

The Office of Professional Studies is here to help!

Please call us at 978-837-3563.  We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

 

Program Format

Full-time, 24-Month 

  • Six 15-week terms held over 24 months.
  • Classes are held two nights a week and every other Saturday morning (no Saturday classes in the summer).
  • Hybrid courses combine on-campus classes with online learning.
  • Schedule includes three courses during the fall and spring terms, and two courses during the summer term.
  • Competitive tuition and financial aid opportunities.
  • Ongoing academic advising and support.
  • Fees include all meals and textbooks. 

Throughout the program, you will take classes and complete your degree with the same group of students. You’ll learn with (and from) each other, grow as a community, and create relationships that extend far beyond the classroom.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an associate’s degree or its equivalent (61-68 semester hours).  If you are uncertain about meeting these requirements, please don’t hesitate to call us at 978-837-3563.  We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

If English is not your primary language, you will be required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

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Office of Professional Studies, main number
978-837-3563

Erika Rinaldi
rinaldie@merrimack.edu
978-837-5484