Early Childhood Education

Be an Important Part of a Child’s Future

Children are the future. As a caring, optimistic, and ethical professional with a degree in Early Childhood Education from MWCC, you will affect the lives of the children you teach. We train our students to be teachers who positively impact the lives of children, their families, and their communities.

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You can choose to pursue one of three associate degrees in education:

Career Degree (ECC)  The Early Childhood Career degree prepares you to work as a preschool or daycare in Massachusetts certified as a Lead Teacher.

Transfer Degree (ECT) The Early Childhood Transfer degree sets you on the path for a teaching career as a Lead Teacher with Preschool Certification. Most importantly, upon graduation you will be ready to transfer into a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program prepares you to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (METL).

Liberal Arts Degree (LAEL) The Liberal Arts Degree track enables you to transfer into a state college or university program in Elementary Education with the MassTransfer block of courses. You will take broad-based liberal arts courses as well as courses specific to childhood education. The Liberal Arts Degree program prepares you to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (METL).

Our Early Childhood Education programs promote high-quality early care and education. MWCC places an emphasis on understanding and meeting the state and national standards established by the Massachusetts State Department of Early Education and Care and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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 “I believe that by the time a child grows up, that child’s first teacher and second teacher and all the child’s important adults will have become incorporated into that child’s development…and will always be part of who they are.”
Fred Rogers

Begin a Rewarding Career in Early Childhood Education Right Away

Earning the Early Childhood Career Degree teaches you the skills you need to immediately enter the field. You can begin teaching in early childhood settings including preschools and daycare centers.

Your Early Childhood program will include classes such as:

  • Guiding Children’s Behavior
  • Child Care Administration
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood

After completing your degree, you will be ready to apply for Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Lead Teacher certification. Obtaining an Early Childhood Career certification indicates that you are qualified to work in childcare facilities.

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Transfer to a 4-Year College or University

By choosing the Early Childhood Transfer Degree or LAEL degree, you will be ready to advance your education to work with children in elementary school and up. Many teaching professions now require a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree to teach. You will save thousands by starting your Early Childhood education at MWCC.

After you graduate, you will be ready to transfer seamlessly into a public 4-year college or university to further your education and earn a bachelor’s degree. Our program is based on MassTransfer benefits, so you will receive transfer advantages and enter as a junior at a 4-year institution.

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’s degree program (nursery school to grade 2).

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Gain Hands-On Experience Working with Children

No matter which Early Childhood Education degree you choose, you will take part in a Practicum to gain hands-on experience working with children. During your 2-part practicum, you will spend 150 hours over the course of each semester working in an early childhood setting under faculty supervision. You will:

  • Create activities
  • Maintain a positive, healthy environment
  • Assess the children’s learning techniques
  • Evaluate the communication and teaching skills of professional faculty.

Both of these practicums will give you the valuable, real life, hands-on experience you need to prepare you for your future career working with children.

Job Outlook for Early Childhood and Elementary School Teachers

In North Central Massachusetts elementary school teachers make an average of $76,890* annually (after earning a bachelor’s degree). Plus, in the state of Massachusetts, there is a projected 11%* job growth in the elementary and early childhood education field, opening up 2,320* jobs in the north central MA area alone! Your experience and knowledge after earning a bachelor’s degree or a certificate will help you find a job fast.

*Source: CareerOneStop

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“Everyone was so supportive at the Mount, from my first day filling out an application and financial aid forms. And the professors were always there for me. I felt so at home.”

Maria Paulino, 1999, Early Childhood Education

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