The Early Childhood Certificate program prepares students for professional work with children from birth to age 5. This program is designed for those who are working in the field and want to continue their education as well as for those who are new.
The ECE Certificate program includes a practicum where you will get hands-on experience as well as other courses designed to develop competencies in the areas of child development, curriculum planning, health and safety, and working with children with special needs.
Direct work with and observation of children are an essential part of this certificate program.
The certificate is designed to qualify students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements for teachers in group settings. Certification may be in an infant/toddler or preschool setting based on the completion of a practicum in that setting.