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

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


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-Courtney Gerry,
Class of 2014

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