Early Childhood Education Preschool

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

  • Required courses meet the requirements for teacher credential as identified by the Department of Early Education and Child Care (DEEC).
  • Course credits apply toward an associate degree in 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 early child care agencies and schools.

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.

Total credits:

Course Sequencing






Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education Preschool

Program Contact

Kathleen Pearle, Dean, Kathleen.Pearle@bristolcc.edu

Melissa Cardelli, Coordinator, melissa.cardelli@bristolcc.edu