Early Education and Care is a growing and ever changing field which includes the care and teaching of children from birth through age 7. The Early Education and Care program at CTEC is a comprehensive 3 year program in which students will experience a combination of classroom instruction and hands on experience with children from ages 6 weeks through 6 years of age.
Students in our program will understand and be familiar with many aspects of child development from infancy through elementary school years. They will be well versed in health and safety topics pertaining to children and become knowledgeable about current events and developments in the early childhood field. Upon completion of the program, they will have a thorough understanding of early childhood math and science concepts, music and movement, art and creativity and will understand the way children learn. Students will have classroom experience where they interact with children and facilitate learning under the guidance of experienced teachers and their classroom instructors.
Students will be prepared to apply for the Department of Early Education and Care Teacher License upon successfully completing this program, which will include a minimum of 450 supervised hours working directly with young children. The Lower Pioneer Valley Early Learning Center is an onsite child care facility that is the first multi-age early childhood classroom in Western Massachusetts. The Early Learning Center provides education and care for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years old, offering students the opportunity to obtain both a Preschool Teacher License as well as an Infant/Toddler Teacher License. Under the supervision of the High School Instructor and the Early Learning Center Director and Lead Teacher, students will become familiar with the State of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Regulations for licensed programs. They will learn the importance of providing quality care and education to young children of various ages. In addition to learning about child development within their high school classroom, the students will gain hands-on experience in the state of the art Early Learning Center, with professional role models to help them develop the skills necessary to be successful in the Early Education and Care field. Students will be guided through the process of planning and developing curriculum for young children, creating activities and implementing lesson plans with the children in the Early Learning Center.
• Knowledge of health and safety standards within the field
• Apply the guidance and discipline concepts applicable to young children’s behavior
• Use data to understand and guide development
• Ability to examine and assess the effects the physical environment and materials have on children
• Select goals, objectives, and types of observation needed in early childhood education
• Determine the scope and need for quality early childhood education
• Knowledge of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and its objectives
• Create a professional portfolio
• Pediatric First Aid Certification
• Infant and Child CPR/AED Certification
• Hands-on training in onsite multi-age early childhood classroom
• Opportunity for offsite placement
• Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher licensure preparation
*Must be at least 21 years of age to obtain Lead Teacher and Director Certifications.