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2017-18 Academic Catalog 
2017-18 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education - CHLD.AS

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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.

Upon the successful completion of requirements of this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education will be awarded.

Program Goals

Successful completion of the STCC Early Childhood Education Program will enable students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge regarding all areas of Early Childhood development: cognitive, physical, and affective.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum, with the goal of meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment.
  • Recognize and appreciate the role that family and community play in the lives of young children.
  • Understand the importance of observation, documentation, and assessment and the part they play in the development of young children.


(CHLD.AS) Curriculum

Total (CHLD.AS) Curriculum Program Credits: 64-65


Fieldwork, Practicum, and employment applicants will be required to pass a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Record Information) check.

A current Red Cross ChildCare First Aid/CPR Certificate is required for graduation. Please forward a copy of the Certificate to Health Services for placement in your academic file.

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Linda Prystupa Professor/Department Chair 13/338 413-755-4305 ljprystupa@stcc.edu
Sandra Garvey Early Childhood Program Coordinator 13/339 413-755-4310 scgarvey@stcc.edu


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