Early Childhood Education—Transfer Degree (ECT)

This program satisfies the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education -Early Childhood Education Transfer Compact for transfer to a state college or university bachelor degree program (nursery school to grade 2). Preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school teachers play a vital role in the development of children, introducing them to numbers, language, science, and social studies. They facilitate student learning through interactive class discussions, educational activities, “hands-on” learning, and one-on-one assistance. The need for qualified teachers continues to grow because of retirements, increasing student numbers, and demands for smaller class sizes. Benefits of MWCC’s program include: day, evening, and distance learning options; day classes scheduled conveniently for parents of school-age children; opportunities to gain real world experience; and a strong liberal arts & sciences curriculum for more effective transfer.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ECE101 Introduction to Early ChildhoodEducation

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG101 English Composition I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PSY105 Introduction to Psychology

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO109, EAS115, or EAS125

4

BIO Prerequisites:ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placementEAS Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT 092, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II

3

ENG101
PSY108 Child Development

3

PSY105
ECE103 Home, School, and CommunityRelations

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
SOC103 Introduction to Sociology

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
MAT140  Elements of Mathematics I 

3

MAT096 or placement
PSY244 Children With Special Needs

3

Prerequisites:PSY108 or PSY110Note: Must be taken in the fall
ECE102 Early Childhood Curriculum andProgram Planning

3

PSY108 or permission of division dean
SPC113 Speech

3

ENG101
ECE114 Early Childhood Practicum I

4

ECE102 (or co-requisite), PSY108, or permission of division dean
MAT141 or higher Elements of Math II or higher

3

MAT140
ART109 or ART110 orMUS103 Art History I or Art History II or

Music Skills and Theory I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placementENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

No prerequisites

PHY101 or PHY105 Introduction to Physical Science orCollege Physics I

4

Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
SOC206 Marriage and the Family

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG235 Children’s Literature

3

ENG102 or permission of division dean
HIS201 History of United States I

3

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness Elective

2/3

Prerequisites:FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placementNote: PER130 is recommended for transfer
ECE124 Early Childhood Education Practicum II

4

Prerequisite:ECE114 or permission of division dean
                                                       Total: 69/70 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: Completion of this program will meet the Massachusetts Early Childhood Education Transfer Compact (some restrictions apply; check with your advisor or transfer services). This program qualifies for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Satisfactory completion of the Communication and Literacy (CLST) section of the Mass Tests of Educator Licensure (MTEL) is required for transfer into a four-year educational program prior to entrance to junior-level courses. The exam is not a prerequisite to enter MWCC’s program. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: After earning a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and meeting Massachusetts Department of Education teacher requirements, graduates can pursue careers as teachers in pre-kindergarten to grade two.

Earning potential: $43,580 to $48,690.

Program Competencies for ECC and ECT

Upon graduation from these programs, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Create an environment that is healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of developmental domains and content in early childhood curriculum.
  • Demonstrate experience in using developmentally effective approaches based on children’s ages, characteristics, and culture.
  • Explain and analyze the importance of creating respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and involve families in their children’s development and learning.
  • Demonstrate skill and knowledge in child observation, documentation, and effective assessment strategies that positively influence the development of children.
  • Conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession, upholding ethical guidelines and professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  • Show ability to be reflective learners who integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.
  • Engage in informed advocacy for children and the early childhood profession.

Technical Standards* for ECC and ECT

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 66.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Work as part of a team, as in team teaching or parent meetings.
  • Function as a team leader, including planning curriculums and daily schedules.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s safety, and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Respond to distress sounds or visual distress cues of children and emergency alarms.