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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. Please reach out to us with any questions – we are here to advise you!

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

Applications are currently closed.

 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. 

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