Early Childhood Education Child Care Career
Program Goals Statement
The Early Childhood Education Career program prepares students to become eligible for Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Childcare lead teacher certification. Students select one of three concentration areas that include Infant-Toddler, Preschool, or School Age Child Care.
• Students intending to enroll in a teaching practicum and seminar must meet with the Department Chair the semester before enrollment to ensure that the students meet all prerequisites and requirements.
Special Requirements for the Program
• Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations or titres (blood to prove immunity). TB test required each year. Health Insurance is required.
• Students are required to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Investigation (CORI) check. A positive CORI check would prevent a student from engaging in field-related course work including Teaching Practicum.
• All Early Childhood students must achieve grades of “C-” or better in all subject courses with an ECE designation.
• Students would qualify for director certification in Early Childhood Education from Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Childcare with 18 months of added experience.
Infused General Education Competencies
Ethical Dimensions, Oral Communication, Technical Literacy
During the Teaching Practicum experience and other field based experiences, Early Childhood students should be aware that meeting young children's safety, social, emotional and educational needs come first. Students must be able to competently carry out tasks and responsibilities as developmentally appropriate and 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.