Let Massasoit Take You to the Next Step in Your Career.

Massasoit Community College is pleased to offer students the opportunity to participate in the Early Education and Care Career Pathways Grant which provides funding for students to engage in coursework that leads to the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, as well as MA Early Education and Care (EEC) Teacher, Lead Teacher, Director I and Director II certifications.

Through funding from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the state is investing in the knowledge, skills and professional preparation of early childhood practitioners in the state. Early childhood practitioners include anyone who has the responsibility for the education and care of children birth through eight within the state’s mixed delivery system.

The CDA Plus program provides a minimum of nine transferable early childhood college credits as practitioners work towards obtainment of their CDA Credential. This national credential recognizes that candidates who earn the CDA are well prepared to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of young children. Having a CDA advances an educator’s career and contributes to the status of the profession

Early childhood professional certification is required for anyone wanting to work in a licensed group early learning program. Applicants may receive certifications as they progress along their professional pathway. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) offers six types of Professional Qualifications Certification:

  • Infant-toddler Teacher
  • Infant-toddler Lead Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Director I
  • Director II

The Career Pathway program at Massasoit is designed to help Early Childhood Educators enter and leave as is best for them. It is designed to help educators build upon past coursework to reach their next goal. The EEC Career Pathways have Grant Academic and Career Advisors to help you. Please reach out to us with any questions – we are here for you!

Candidates must be working in the Early Childhood field to be eligible for this grant.

Applications are now CLOSED. Please check again around February 1, 2023, for the accelerated session.

 The Career Pathways Grant is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and has provided community colleges across the Commonwealth with funding for professional development opportunities and higher education certificate and degree attainment for early childhood education and out-of-school time educators.   

 *Applicants must be working or have been working in the Early Childhood field or intend to work in the Early Childhood field within six (6) months to qualify for courses. 

Spring 2023 Course Offerings

Free College Courses

Advance on your career pathway now with college courses that lead to CDA and EEC Teacher Certification. (Textbooks are provided, a limited number of Chromebooks may be available.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Enrolling in courses at Massasoit requires students to meet College Reading and Writing standards. You may demonstrate this by:

  • Taking the Accuplacer assessment. Call 508-588-9100 x1991 or x1992 to schedule an appointment.
  • A college degree transcript or
  • Certified Accuplacer results from another college, or
  • Submitting documentation that meets a Multiple Measures criterion.
  • Requesting a waiver from the Division Dean based on previous college experience

 The Career Pathways Grant is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and has provided community colleges across the Commonwealth with funding for professional development opportunities and higher education certificate and degree attainment for early childhood education and out-of-school time educators. 

 

 *Applicants must be working or have been working in the Early Childhood field or intend to work in the Early Childhood field within six (6) months to qualify for courses