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GCC 2013-14 Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education (lec)


Licensure for Early Childhood Educators

15 credits

Required courses

The certificate

Provides the courses required by the Department of Early Education and Care for those seeking licensure as head teachers in preschool settings. These five required courses must be supplemented by the addition of 27 months of Preschool classroom experience in a site licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care or comparable state agency that are not provided or supervised by the College. The program is recommended for those who are now working as aides, or who are interested in working with young children. Note that the employment standard is increasingly changing to completion of the associate’s degree in early childhood education.

Your next step

Work in preschools or enter an associate degree program.


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Program coordinator

Kate Finnegan, Office: E118A, (413) 775-1125,

For a list of courses that can be taken online, refer to

Associate in Arts (AA) degrees

Associate in Science (AS) degrees


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