Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education Infant/Toddler

Credits required 25


Ulli K. Ryder

Program contact

Melissa Cardelli, Program Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, ext. 2410

Program Code: IF

Program Goals Statement

This certificate program introduces students to the application of principles of respectful care and education of infants and toddlers (birth through 2.9 years). Through placement in a supervised infant/toddler setting, students demonstrate their understanding of the principles and skills needed to provide quality education and respectful care.

Program Information

  • Required courses meet the requirements of group care staff as identified by the Department of Early Education and Child Care (DEEC).
  • Course credits apply toward an associate degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • C.O.R.I. (Criminal Offender Record Information) and S.O.R.I. (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks are required prior to clinical placement and are conducted in accordance with state regulations. C.O.R.I. and S.O.R.I. checks are processed through the Human Resources office.

Academic Expectations

  • All Early Childhood students must achieve grades of “C-” or better in all subject courses with an ECE designation.

Special Requirements for the Program

Health Requirements

Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, Hepatitis B immunization, other immunizations as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and must have a tuberculosis test each year.


During this program, which requires a practicum experience, Early Childhood students should be aware that young children are physically very active. Students must be able to move quickly and have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to accurately monitor children in their charge. Transportation to fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student. Students should be prepared to travel up to an hour from campus for these assignments.

Program Requirements

Program Courses

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

ECE 112Observing, Recording, and Analyzing Early Childhood Settings

3 credits

ECE 113Safe and Healthy Early Childhood Learning Environments

3 credits

ECE 223Infant-Toddler Development

3 credits

ECE 236Infant-Toddler Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 244Parent-Teacher Communications and Partnerships

3 credits

ECE 251Teaching Practicum I and Seminar I

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:25

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ECE 111, ENG 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ECE 112, ECE 113

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ECE 223, ECE 244

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ECE 236, ECE 251

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