MxCC’s Early Childhood Education Certificate program gives you some great choices for your education and your career! We offer:

Start today – and combine your skills and your passion in a career that’s exciting and fulfilling – that makes a real difference in people’s lives. Apply today for Middlesex Community College’s Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Early Childhood Education Certificate and a credential track for Child Development Associate, CDA, which will give you a competitive edge for your future employment in a variety of jobs, including daycares, preschools, Head Start programs in teacher or head teacher positions and many others.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Certificate Program in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is designed for students who wish to enter the field of early childhood education or who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. The program will provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in day care centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs, or similar.

Courses from the Early Childhood Certificate will transfer to the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education program.

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Academic Requirements

The Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education program at Middlesex Community College typically takes two years to complete.

Students completing the Early Childhood Education Certificate can apply their credits toward the degree program. The Child Development Associate, CDA Credential Track is also available to certify students by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CDA is a performance-based assessment of childcare workers, home visitors, center and family childcare providers.

Students are prepared for careers with valuable skills in a variety of areas through an exciting blend of coursework, such as creative art experiences for children, child psychology, early literacy development, health and nutrition – and much more.

The program curriculum is designed to help students prepare for immediate entry into the workforce upon graduation, or for those who are already employed in an early childhood education setting and wish to earn a credential and expand their knowledge and competency in working with young children. This program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to work effectively with children from birth through age eight. Students may be either full-time or part-time.

Certificate Requirements

Jobs You Can Get With An Early Childhood Education Certificate:

The Early Childhood Education Certificate will allow the student to obtain work in early childhood education settings such as daycares, preschools, and Head Start programs. They will be qualified to work with children from birth to age eight, which may also allow for positions in after school programs and assisting in elementary schools and camps. This program also meets the needs of individuals already working in the early childhood field, who are interested in earning credentials and expanding their knowledge.

How Long Will You Have To Go To School?

This is a 30-credit program. Students who attend full-time with no remedial classes may finish the certificate in one year. The length of time it takes a part-time student to complete the program depends on their course load. Students can also transfer to Middlesex’s Early Childhood Education Degree program, which will allow them to work in higher paying positions within the early childcare education field.

Job Availability & Growth:

Job availability and growth within the child-care field is expected to be average to excellent in response to the great need for quality child-care facilities and high turnover rates among staff.

Salary Information:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/childcare-workers.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm
http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/internet/PAGE0013.HTM

Related Degrees and Certificates

Downloadable Program Forms & Documents:

For more information, contact:

Norma Rosado-Javier

Instructor, Early Childhood Education
Phone: 860-343-5758
Email: NRosado-Javier@mxcc.edu
Office Location: Snow 508