Early Childhood Education—Career Degree (ECC)

In addition to attending to children’s basic needs, early childhood education professionals organize activities that stimulate children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore interests, develop independence, foster creativity, build self-esteem, and learn how to behave with others. MWCC’s program will prepare you to begin a career working with children ages 0-5. Benefits of MWCC’s program include a great job placement rate (90 percent of students find jobs), the option of both day and evening classes, day classes scheduled conveniently for parents of school-age children, opportunities to gain real world experience, and many excellent, local practicum sites.

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

Childhood Education


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement


ENG101 English Composition I


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


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BIO103 Human Health and Disease


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
ENG102 English Composition II


PSY108 Child Development


SPC113 Speech


SOC206 Marriage and the Family


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


    MAT096 or placement
ECE134 Guiding Children’s Behavior


ECE114 Early Childhood Education

Practicum I


    ECE102 (or co-requisite), PSY108, or permission of division dean
PSY244 Children With Special Needs


    PSY108 or PSY110
ECE102 Early Childhood Curriculum and

Program Planning


    PSY108 or permission of division dean
ECE104 or

ECE132 or

ECE105 or

ECE 250

Infant and Toddler Development

and Curriculum or Observation and

Assessment or Applying Theories

of Curriculum or Day Care




ECE102, PSY108;

Lead Teacher certified or permission of division dean;


ECE124 Early Childhood Education

Practicum II


    ECE114 or permission of division dean
ENG235 Children’s Literature


    ENG102 or permission of division dean
ECE103 Home, School, and Community



    ENG098, FYE 101, RDG098, or placement
PER126/130 Health, Fitness, and Wellness



    Prerequisites: FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement

Note: PER130 is recommended for transfer

ECE260 Leadership in Education Seminar


    Prerequisites: ECE101, ECE102, ECE103, ENG102, PSY108, PSY 244

Co-requisites: ECE114, 124

                                               Total: 61/62 credits

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

State certification: After completing the degree, students can apply for Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Lead Teacher certification. Lead Teachers must be age 21 or over (those under 21 can receive Teacher certification). EEC certification indicates that students are qualified to work in childcare facilities.

Helpful hints: To meet Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) requirements, students should attain First Aid certification.  Childcare facilities are required to have one CPR certified professional always present, therefore, students who attain certification will be even more marketable.

Transfer options: This concentration is designed for immediate career entry. However, 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: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Graduates can work with children ages 0-5 in Head Start, preschool, daycare programs, or as classroom aides. They can also work toward becoming a center director or administrator.

Earning potential: $16,320 to $35,380.

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.