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Massasoit’s Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide comprehensive training for students interested in employment in a child care setting. The Early Childhood Education Certificate program, which can be completed in one year, is consistent with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) staffing regulations and is EEC approved.

The program will help students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to work effectively to create healthy environments where children can grow and learn. Students who wish to advance their leadership and employment opportunities will continue their studies for an additional year to earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Administration.

At Massasoit, formal instruction is integrated with field experience. The opportunity to work in child care facilities will give meaning to the course work, as well as fulfill Department of Early Education and Care requirements. As a requirement of the Early Childhood Certificate program, students must successfully complete practicum assignments. Admission to the program does not ensure a practicum placement.

A prior criminal offense could hinder placement in practicums and future employment in Early Childhood Education. Students in practicums are never allowed unsupervised contact with children. Students are tentatively placed in practicums that may require a CORI/SORI. Conducting the CORI/SORI is the responsibility of the practicum placement.

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