Child Care Education

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide comprehensive training for students interested in employment in a child care setting. A one-year certificate of completion will be awarded. The program will help students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to work effectively to create healthy environments where children can grow and learn.

At Massasoit, formal instruction is integrated with field experience. The opportunity to work in child care facilities will give meaning to the course work, as well as fulfill Department of Early Education and Care requirements. As a requirement of the Early Childhood Certificate program, students must successfully complete practicum assignments. Admission to the Early Childhood Education program does not ensure a practicum placement.

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A prior criminal offense could hinder placement in practicums and future employment in Early Childhood Education. Students in practicums are never allowed unsupervised contact with children. Students are tentatively placed in practicums, that may require a CORI/SORI. Conducting the CORI/SORI is the responsibility of the practicum placement.

The Early Childhood Education certificate program is consistent with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) staffing regulations. Massasoit’s program is EEC approved. Those students desiring to advance their leadership opportunities will continue for an additional year of study for an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration.

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*A student, based on testing scores, may place out of English Composition I (ENGL 101) and substitute any college-level writing course in its place. This is also the case if a student placed into an equivalent to (ENGL102) at another school and was not required to take their (ENGL101) equivalent. Currently there are only three options for replacement: (ENGL107) Technical Writing, (ENGL119) Creative Writing, (JOUR120) Newspaper Journalism.

This program awards a College-Approved Certificate upon completion of 10 courses and 29 credits.

The EEC Lead Teacher Qualifying Courses certificate, meets the Lead Teacher course requirements for licensure through the Department of Early Education and Care. After completion of the certificate and 36 months of work experience in the child care field, students will be Lead Teacher qualified.

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