Early Childhood Development Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Learning Community Seminar for First Year Students LCS101 3
Program Environments ECE106 3 ESL098 and ESL099 or RDG095 and ENG090 or placement
Child Growth/Development ECE103 3 ESL098 and ESL099 or RDG095 and ENG090 or placement
Guidance/Discipline ECE101 3 ECE103
Curriculum in Early Childhood Education ECE104 3 ECE103
Total Credits 18

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Note:  Student may choose LCS that best fits his/her interests. Due to the prerequisite requirements, it may not be possible to complete this certificate program in one year.

Program Overview

This program prepares students as teachers and/or lead teachers in the State of Massachusetts. Students must meet additional experiential requirements by working in a licensed child care program during or after meeting the educational requirements for teacher and/or lead teacher certification.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Childhood Development Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178 B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify as teacher’s aides in the State of Massachusetts. For more information on minimal requirements for employment, contact the Department chair.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of child development and relationships with children and families to understand children as individuals and plan for their unique development by organizing environments which facilitate development in all developmental areas.
  • Design and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences using methods and materials which promote growth and development.
  • Work with parents, families, and community leaders to support growth and development of children by engaging each child in meaningful experiences.
  • Observe children in their care to analyze and synthesize information about those children so as to improve their work with children, families, and communities.
  • Analyze, evaluate and strengthen their work with children by reflecting upon effective practices and collaborating with other professionals in the field.