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Bachelor of Science in Child, Family & Community Studies

Prepare to make a difference with and for youth and families. You 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 childcare services to PreK-12 schools to community-development organizations — this major provides you with the opportunity to make an impact for the public good in a wide variety of career fields.

The Bachelor of Science in Child, Family and Community Studies program accommodates students who have completed an associate degree (or the equivalent of 61 to 68 credits). Students are prepared with a wide range of educational opportunities to explore careers in childcare programs, PreK-12 schools, community-development organizations, family development, human services and other related fields. 
Review application requirements for this program.

Program Format

Full-time, 24-Month

  • Affordable tuition includes all textbooks and meals.
  • Six 15-week terms held over 24 months.
  • Scholarships to help make your degree more affordable.
  • Classes are held in the evenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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.
  • Financial aid opportunities.
  • Ongoing academic advising and support. 

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.


  • Early Childhood Leadership and Administration
    Prepare to work in and be leaders of childcare and early childhood settings. This nonlicensure program emphasizes organizational leadership issues as well as curricular and instructional practices in the early-childhood field. 

  • Family and Community Engagement
    Prepare to work in human and social services in a variety of career fields. This nonlicensure program is ideal for already-licensed practitioners and for those looking to expand their professional development and range of expertise.

  • Teacher Education Preparation Leading to Licensure: Early Childhood PreK-2
    Fulfill 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.

  • Teacher Education Preparation Leading to Licensure: Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
    Fulfill the requirements for licensure within the state of Massachusetts to teach in elementary classrooms, grades 1-6.

  • Teacher Education Preparation Leading to Licensure: Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
    Fulfill the requirements for licensure within the state of Massachusetts to teach students with moderate disabilities (PreK-8).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an associate degree or its equivalent (61-68 semester hours). If you are uncertain about meeting these requirements, please call 978-837-3563, and we can help answer any questions you have. If English is not your primary language, you will be required to submit proof of English language proficiency.

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

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