Early Childhood Education Overview Provides beginning coursework in foundational principles of early care and education. Practicum includes on-site observation and coaching to implement learning to practice. What You'll StudyCourse Sequencing CECE Curriculum Documents Early Childhood Education (CECE) required courses - from our official academic catalogDegree completion checklist (2022-23) • Worksheet to track your progress towards completing this program if you start this year To plan certificate completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled. This is just one way you might complete the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program in 2 semesters over 1 year of full-time study, or 4 semesters over 2 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information download the Early Childhood Education program description from our official academic catalog.Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses Sample 1 Year Sequence of Courses FallSpring EDU 101 EDU 144 Option 1 EDU 123 Option 2 ENG 101 EDU 148 EDU 216 Option 1 ENG 101 Option 2 EDU 201 Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2 EDU 101 EDU 144 Option 1 ENG 101 Option 2 ENG 101 Option 1 EDU 123 Option 2 EDU 201 EDU 148 EDU 216 Program Learning Outcomes Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to: Child Development and Learning in Context – Early childhood educators are grounded in an understanding of the developmental period of early childhood from birth through age 8 across developmental domains. Family-Teacher Partnerships and Community Connections – Early childhood educators understand that successful early childhood education depends upon educators’ partnerships with the families of the young children they serve. Child Observation, Documentation, and Assessment – Early childhood educators understand that the primary purpose of assessments is to inform instruction and planning in early learning settings. Developmentally, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Teaching Practices – Early childhood educators understand that teaching and learning with young children is a complex enterprise, and its details vary depending on children’s ages and characteristics and on the settings in which teaching and learning occur. Knowledge, Application and Integration of Academic Content in the Early Childhood Curriculum – Early childhood educators have knowledge of the content of the academic disciplines (e.g., language and literacy, the arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology and engineering, physical education) and of the pedagogical methods for teaching each discipline. Professionalism as an Early Childhood Educator –Early childhood educators identify and participate as members of the early childhood profession Adapted from NAEYC Standards 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7. What's Next Teach and care for children in community-based early childhood settings, working with families and children ages birth, infant-toddler, or preschool (birth through age 5). Students completing the program may be eligible to apply for the national and state recognized Child Development Associate credential. Students will also be eligible to apply for Lead Teacher Certification for community-based programs in Massachusetts. To work towards advanced teaching opportunities in the field of community-based early education and care, students should plan to obtain an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This certificate stacks into the Greenfield Community College Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education degree. Students may seamlessly continue their education towards this degree.