Early Childhood Development with Child Development Associate Credential Certificate Program
Certificate - Early Childhood Education Department
|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|
|Curriculum in Early Childhood Education||ECE104||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|
*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
- 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.
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.
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.