Early Childhood Education

The certificate program in Early Childhood Education at Mildred Elley – Pittsfield, MA prepares students to work with young children in schools and childcare agencies as teacher’s aides, teaching assistants, and preschool teachers, and with acquisition of additional experience, as lead preschool teachers and directors of early childcare centers.

Early Childhood Education program graduates will be prepared to utilize a variety of instructional strategies and assessment methods in order to meet the learning goals and needs of all students. The Early Childhood Education certificate course provides a strong academic foundation in early childhood education (including a variety of experiences in the classroom, community, and educational settings) and liberal arts, while focusing on developmentally appropriate practice as defined by Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care guidelines for early childhood learning.

Early Childhood Education courses fulfill the educational requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care criteria. Upon completion of 9 months of work experience, Early Childhood Education graduates are qualified and may apply for the Level 1 Teacher, Infant-Toddler and/or Preschool certification. Upon completion of 18 months of work experience, Early Childhood Education program graduates are qualified and may apply for the Level 2 Lead Teacher, Infant-Toddler and/or Preschool Certification.

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics †, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment along with state and federal funding for education programs should affect growth.


The Early Childhood Education Certificate Program is currently offered at our Pittsfield Campus.




Early Childhood Education Program Benefits

Attending Mildred Elley means you not only receive a quality higher education experience, but it also means you get access to the most advanced early childhood education job training available. Mildred Elley also offers many different benefits for early childhood education program students.

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships for Those Who Qualify
  • Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Approved for Veterans Education Benefits
  • Free Career Assessment
  • International Students Welcome

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

There are many potential opportunities for career placement. After graduating from Mildred Elley with a degree or certificate enjoy our lifetime job placement assistance and are ready to pursue a rewarding career in early childhood education.

Mildred Elley helped me find a really nice job in my career choice and I am living my dream!

-Courtney Gerry,
Class of 2014

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