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 can affect the lives of children who can change the world. We train teachers who can positively impact the lives of children, families, and the communities they serve.

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You can choose from three associate degrees in education:

  1. Career Degree (ECC) prepares you to work as a preschool or daycare in Massachusetts certified as a Lead Teacher
  2. Transfer Degree (ECT) prepares you to work as a certified Lead Teacher with Preschool Certification. Upon completion, you will be ready to transfer into a 4-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This program prepares you to take the MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure).
  3. Liberal Arts Degree (LAEL) prepares you to transfer into a state college or university program in Elementary Education with the MassTransfer block of courses. You will take the broad-based liberal arts courses as well as courses specific to childhood education. This program prepares you to take the MTEL (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure).

Our ECE programs promote high-quality early care and education. MWCC places an emphasis on understanding and meeting state and national standards established by 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 Right Away

In the ECC Career Degree, you will be prepared with many of the skills you will need to immediately enter the field and begin working. You can work in many early childhood settings, such as Preschool or Daycare.

You will take 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 EEC 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 ECT 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 even a master’s degree to teach, so you will save thousands by starting your ECE 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 ECE degree you choose, you will get to 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 the north central MA area, 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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