Aug 15, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool Certificate

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Sheila Gould, 413.552.2501,


The Infant/Toddler and/or Preschool Certificate program prepares students for entry level work in early education and care settings including family childcare and center-based programs. Students will develop knowledge of child development, an understanding of theories and philosophies of the field as well as familiarization with program types. Students will experience academic study, field based observations, practical application and service learning opportunities. 
This certificate provides the necessary course work leading to Teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). Participants will need to comply with work experience requirements before actual DEEC certification is granted.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of child development
  • provide a nurturing environment for young children and families
  • understand the historical theories related to early education and care
  • provide a safe and healthly early childhood setting that exceeds current EEC standards
  • develop age-appropriate lesson plans and materials
  • demonstrate competent and professional oral and written communication skills
  • apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • recognize risk factors for children and families and research appropriate preventions/interventions
  • examine their attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and skills to work effectively with children and families
  • research current events and topics that impact children and families
  • discover and assess community programs and resources for children and families



Field-based observations are required in some courses.  

****Criminal Offense Record Act (CORI), and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI)****

Students enrolled in EDU courses may be subject to CORI/SORI background checks and review pursuant to the Criminal Record Information Act, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Section 172-178, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 18a, Section 1, et seq., and regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes. Applicants with a court record/past conviction may be unable to participate in student teaching. If a student is ineligible to do student teaching due to a criminal record, the student will not be able to graduate from the Education Program. The College policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning for more information.


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