MA Early College


AY 2021- 2022

The Commonwealth is pleased to again offer its local secondary education agencies and institutions of higher education the opportunity to obtain formal designation for Early College Programs. Designed collaboratively by the EOE, DESE, and DHE, program designation will entail a two-step process (“Part A” and “Part B”).

Early College Program Designation Application Companion Document 2021 Download PDF Document
This companion document is designed to provide important information on the Designation process and requirements, as well as context for the criteria to be met under each of the five Guiding Principles.

Designation Timeline

  • April 14, 2021 — Early College Spring Convening, including information session on applying for AY2022 Designation.

  • May 3, 2021 — Letter of Intent and Part A Posted. Designation applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent by June 30. Access the Part A application.

  • May 11, 2021 — Early College Designation Part A Information Webinar. Register.

  • June 30, 2021 — Letters of Intent Due

  • Summer, 2021 — Office hours and individualized technical assistance available, as well as an applicant professional learning series on the Guiding Principles. Please note the following dates for the PLC series*:

    • May 18, 2021 — Guiding Principle 1: Equitable Access

    • June 1, 2021 — Guiding Principle 2: Guided Academic Pathways

    • June 15, 2021 — Guiding Principle 3: Enhanced Student Support

    • June 29, 2021 — Guiding Principle 4: Connection to Career

    • July 13, 2021 — Guiding Principle 5: Effective Partnerships

    *All series to be held at 9am

    To register for these summer professional learning community sessions, please contact Rebekah Barr.

  • August 27, 2021 — Part A Applications Due

  • October 2021 — Announcement of Applicants advancing to Part B

  • October through November 2021 – Part B Guiding Principles PLC sessions

    • October 26, 2021 — Guiding Principle 2: Effective Partnerships

    • November 2, 2021 — Guiding Principle 3: Equitable Access

    • November 16, 2021 — Guiding Principle 4: Guided Academic Pathways

    • November 30, 2021 — Guiding Principle 5: Enhanced Student Support & Connection to Career

          *All series to be held at 9am

          To register for these summer professional learning community sessions, please contact Rebekah Barr.

  • Late Fall 2021 — Early College Designation Part B Application Webinar

  • December 23, 2021 — Part B Applications due

  • March 16, 2022 — Designation recommendations reviewed by the Early College Joint Committee

Additional Resource: NS4Ed, in partnership with the MA Early College staff, has created a resource site to support the Early College community of practice. If interested in learning more about the community of practice, please contact the Early College Program Specialist at

If you are seeking additional information on Early College, please contact the Early College Program Director at


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