Early Childhood Education Preschool

Degree offered

Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education Preschool

Credits required 28


Ulli K. Ryder

Program contact

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

Program Code: EA

Program Goals Statement

This certificate program prepares students to enter the field as a qualified entry-level professional ready to work with preschool children in settings such as daycare, learning centers, and family child 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 222Special Needs in Early Childhood

3 credits

ECE 234Preschool Curriculum Planning

3 credits

ECE 251Teaching Practicum I and Seminar I

4 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

PSY 252Child Development

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:28

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

ECE 111, ENG 101, PSY 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

ECE 112, PSY 252

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

ECE 113, ECE 222

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

ECE 234, ECE 251

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