Early Childhood Education Certificate

Program Goals Statement

This certificate program prepares students to enter the field as a qualified entry-level professional ready to work with preschool children in settings such as daycare, learning centers, and family child care.

Program Information

Course credits apply toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education

Courses address the knowledge and competencies required for MA Department of Early Education and Care teacher qualifications with preschool age children (2.9- 5 years-old). Students should access the Department of Early Education and Care website and follow directions regarding qualifications.

Upon completion of the certificate, students are eligible to work in an entry-level position in the field of early childhood education

C.O.R.I. (Criminal Offender Record Information) and S.O.R.I. (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks are required prior to clinical placement and are conducted in accordance with State regulations by both Bristol Community College and early child care agencies/elementary schools. Students may be required to complete fingerprinting and would be financially responsible for any costs associated with fingerprinting.  

Academic Expectations

All Early Childhood students must achieve grades of “C-” or better in all subject courses with an ECE designation.

Special Requirements for the Program

Health Requirements

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, Hepatitis B immunization, other immunizations as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and must have a tuberculosis test each year.


During this program, which requires a practicum experience, Early Childhood students should be aware that young children are physically very active. Students must be able to move quickly and have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to accurately monitor children in their charge.

Transportation to fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student. Students should be prepared to travel up to an hour from campus for these assignments.

Related Programs

All courses may be applied to an Associate in Science in General Studies, Educational Studies.

Total credits:

Course Sequencing


Certificate Type

Certificate of Achievement


Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education

Program Contact

Melissa Cardelli
Program Coordinator

Kathleen Pearle
Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education