Intro to Early Childhood Education

This course will explore the role of the early childhood teacher and his/her responsibilities: forming a professional attitude, relating effectively with others, and managing successfully within the pre-school environment in daily learning and social situations. It will include observations of children in a child care setting. (12 hours observation/field work per semester) Co-requisite: ENL108 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Intro:Young Children wSpecial Needs

This course will focus on children with special needs in early childhood settings. Based on a developmental perspective, course content includes the various areas of exceptionality in terms of causes, characteristics and general intervention, strategies for adapting the learning environment, modifying instruction and making curriculum accessible to all children through inclusion of those with special needs. Attention will be given to State and Federal Legislation, the referral process, community resources, and effective ways to work with families. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: ECE100 or PSY201 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Child Growth and Development

This course examines child development from conception to age nine by considering the complex interaction between hereditary and environmental factors. Children's physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development are discussed, as well as the implications for developmentally appropriate practice. It includes the theories of Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky. Students are required to observe children in a child care setting. This course is restricted to applicants for State teacher certification of infants, toddlers, and/or preschool children. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


Literacy and the Young Child

This course describes how children acquire language and literacy, and how teachers can design classrooms and experiences to promote oral and written language development. The course stresses planning for individual children, including children with special needs and English language learners, as well as understanding the importance of the child's family in language and literacy development. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Child Development Associate Preparation I

This course uses the guidelines of the Teaching Professional Preparation Program for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential developed by the National Council for Professional Recognition. Students explore the competency areas required for preschool teachers to develop proficient knowledge and skills that are demonstrated in practical preschool settings. This is semester one of a two-semester course. Successful completion of ECE120 and ECE121 will culminate in written and oral exams administered by the National Council for Professional Recognition. Prerequisites: ENL020 and ENL050 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Child Development Associate II


Teaching Infants and Toddlers

This course emphasizes the development needs of infants and toddlers. Special focus includes planning curriculum for the very young, working with parents, special development needs of infants and toddlers, and planning their environment. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: PSY201 or ECE100 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring


Preschool Curriculum Planning

This course explores the curriculum planning for inclusive preschool settings, children ages 2.9-5 years. Participants develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization, and evaluation of activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts, and free play. The course emphasizes high-quality, developmentally appropriate practice, aligned with state and national standards and guidelines. (10 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: ECE100 or PSY201 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Adv Curriculum Development:ECE

Experiences at both the adult and child level designed to help students understand the creative process and appropriate ways of encouraging creativity in young children ages 2-7 in inclusive settings. Students are required to try out their ideas with children. Emphasis is on art, as well as science, math, language arts, music, movement, and dramatic play. The course also explores the influence of international models, such as Reggio Emilia. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite:ECE201 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Field Experience in ECE

This course gives students the opportunity to complete supervised field hours in a licensed and approved early childhood education setting. The course emphasizes high-quality developmentally appropriate practice, aligned with state and national standards and guidelines, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Development Standards. Students must submit a CORI application prior to beginning the lab hours. (20 hours observation/field work, 5 class hours) Prerequisite: ECE100 and ECE200 or ECE201 / 1 credit; may be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Strategies For Teaching Math & Sci

Explore strategies, activities, and materials for teaching math and science to children in inclusive preschool and kindergarten settings. The course focuses on state and national standards and guidelines, as well as the constructivist project approach to teaching science and math. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: PSY201 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Classroom Management: Skills/strate gies

This course explores classroom management strategies for inclusive toddler, preschool, and after-school settings; including creating a pro-social environment, resilience and risk factors, and using a positive, respectful approach to guiding children based on knowledge of child development. (6 hours observation/field work) Prerequisite: PSY201 or ECE110 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Practicum Early Childhood Education

This course provides the student with the opportunity to work directly with infants, toddlers, or preschool children in an inclusive early childhood education program. Coursework includes 150 hours (12 hours/week minimum) working in a Massachusetts licensed or NAEYC accredited child care facility, as well as a weekly seminar class. The practicum meets state requirements for 9 months child care experience. (150 field work hours; 14 class hours) Prerequisite: ECE105, ECE201, PSY201 and (ECE200 or ECE202) and a minimum 2.0 GPA in ECE courses / 6 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Selected Topics in Early Childhood

This course serves as a vehicle to either deepen students' knowledge of subjects addressed in Early Childhood Education introductory courses or explore issues outside the traditional curriculum. Prerequisite: Any introductory-level social and/or behavioral science course / 1, 2, or 3 credits; may be repeated for credit; 3 credits maximum. Offered: Varies


Adminstration: Early Childhood Prgm

This course is designed to guide Early Childhood professionals in establishing or reinforcing existing programs for young children, to give a working knowledge of the concepts, ideas and methods necessary to administer these programs, including Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care regulations, budgets, and other financial issues, legal issues, family communication, and staff issues (hiring, firing, supervision, turnover, training). Meets EEC requirements for Director I. Note: Students should contact the Early Childhood Education Coordinator prior to registering for this course. Prerequisite: ECE201 or ECE202 or ECE221 or ECE230 or ECE291 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall


Leadership and Management in ECE

This course explores administrative issues relating to leadership in Early Childhood Education: management styles, staff development and supervision including teacher training, staff collegiality, retention and evaluation, as well as collaboration with parents and community. This course meets Director II specifications EEC certification. Prerequisite: ECE110 or PSY201 / 2 credits. Offered: Spring