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Early Childhood Development with Child Development Associate Credential Certificate Program

Certificate -  Early Childhood Education Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
LCS or Career Elective see note* 3
Program Environments ECE106 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Child Growth/Development ECE103 3 ESL098 or RDG095 and ENG095 or placement
Guidance/Discipline ECE101 3 ECE103
Curriculum in Early Childhood Education ECE104 3 ECE103
Observation/Recording Behavior ECE217 3 ECE103
CDA Professional Portfolio ECE223 3 Admission to the program; ECE101; ECE103; ECE104; ECE106; ENG111 and LCS101 or career elective
CDA Mentoring and Coaching Practicum ECE224 3 ECE223 or concurrently with Dept. Chair approval
Total Credits 27
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Early Childhood Education

Degree Type: Certificate

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*Note: Student may choose LCS that best fits his/her interests. Due to the prerequisite requirements, it may not be possible to complete this certificate program in one year.

Career electives: ECE108, ECE151 through ECE168, ECE207, ECE209, ECE210, ECE223, EDU102 or INT123

Admission Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have completed 120 hours of formal college training in Early Childhood Education in subject areas covered by the ECDev Certificate
  • Within the past three years, must have completed 300 hours of professional work experience in a group setting supervised by a professional Early Childhood educator. (An additional 180 hours of practice will be required before application for the national credential is allowed. These hours will be completed in practicum course required by the certificate program).
  • Must submit to a CORI/SORI/fingerprinting (if required by the state) records check, as required
  • Other requirements as indicated by the CDA Council for Certification.
  • Students will be responsible for the cost of attaining credentialing and completing testing as required by the Council at the end of the program. Testing is done off-campus, currently at Pearson test sites in the Boston metro area.

Program Overview

This program prepares students as teachers and/or lead teachers in the State of Massachusetts. Students must meet additional experiential requirements by working in a licensed child care program during or after meeting the educational requirements for teacher and/or lead teacher certification.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Childhood Development Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are academically qualified in the State of Massachusetts through the Department of Early Education and Care to be either teacher or lead teacher qualified once work experience is completed as required by the state. For more information contact the Department Chair.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of child development and relationships with children and families to understand children as individuals and plan for their unique development by organizing environments which facilitate development in all developmental areas.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences using methods and materials which promote growth and development.
  • Work with parents, families, and community leaders to support growth and development of children by engaging each child in meaningful experiences.
  • Observe children in their care to analyze and synthesize information about those children so as to improve their work with children, families, and communities.
  • Analyze, evaluate and strengthen their work with children by reflecting upon effective practices and collaborating with other professionals in the field.