This course of study is designed to meet the ever-expanding needs for trained personnel in the field of early learning and childcare. Graduates of this two-year program will be prepared to work in non-public early learning environments such as: infant/toddler centers, family day care centers, group day care centers, nursery schools, private kindergartens, health care agencies, institutions, and other schools and organizations offering early learning programs and/or child care and family education services.
The curriculum is designed to meet the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Massachusetts CCS categories of study, and will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the child care profession.
Formal instruction integrated with four semesters of fieldwork in early childhood settings, under supervision, will develop teaching qualities and skills. Completion of this practica will enable the graduate to fulfill CCS Lead Teacher employment requirements. Admission to the Early Childhood program, however, does not guarantee practicum placement. All accepted students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information or other check. Depending on the findings, the student may not be allowed to continue in the program of study.
Visit http://www.mass.edu/osfa/programs/earlychildhooded.asp for more information on the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship.
Minimum Grade Requirement: Students must achieve a “C” as the minimum passing grade in all ‘ECE’ courses.
This transfer option is for students who intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program leading to teacher licensure for Preschool/Kindergarten to Grade 2. This curriculum meets the requirements for the MassTransfer A2B Pathway in Early Childhood Education. (For more information about MassTransfer benefits, please visit www.stcc.edu/transfer.)
Upon the successful completion of requirements of this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education will be awarded.