Length of Program
10 Months - September through June
Tuition for 2016-2017
All students must also pay a $500 materials fee
Students in Minuteman's Post Graduate Early Education & Care Program study the fundamentals of human development, up to age eight, with the primary focus on children under five. In addition to learning about growth and development, students also learn how to meet children's developmental needs. Curriculum planning for children under five includes creating fun activities that foster children's development. Students' training follows state and national Early Childhood guidelines. Their preparation includes, among other topics, following health and safety practices, as well as transmitting culture to children. The program reviews relevant academic concepts including key components of good communication skills with parents and coworkers, relevant math concepts used for projects such as calculating recipes for homemade playdough, basic science and math concepts to be used in lessons, and child development to understand stages and capabilities of students.
Employment of preschool teachers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
The number of preschool-aged children is expected to increase; however, their share of the overall population should remain constant.
Early childhood education is important for a child’s short- and long-term intellectual and social development. More preschool teachers should be needed as a result of the increasing demand for early childhood education. In addition, some parents are starting to enroll children as young as infants in preschool because of the educational benefit.
The Early Education & Care major provides training in Minuteman's NAEYC Child Development Center. Students who successfully complete the coursework will meet the current requirements for MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Teacher Certification for both infant/toddler and preschool age groups. This certificate is often transferable to other states. Students may also be eligible for a nationally recognized certification, the CDA (Child Development Associate) credential, upon successful completion of this program.
The student considering the Early Childhood field should enjoy working with children, have a high energy level, and a positive, friendly attitude. Creativity is also an asset, but can be developed. Also important are being a good role model for children and practicing good personal hygiene.
- Student Internship in an NAEYC accredited child development facility
- Introduction to Early Childhood
- Introduction to the Care and Education of the Preschool Child
- Principles of Child Development
- Curriculum Instruction and Design
- Principles of Child Development II
- Human Reproduction
- Food and Nutrition Education
- Parent and Family Life Education
- Infant and Young Toddler Care and Education
- MTI Early Education & Care Certificate
- Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Teacher Certificate
- OSHA 10-Hour General Safety Certification
Possible Career Pathways
- Child Life Specialist
- Children's Book Author or Illustrator
- Children's Librarian
- Children's Photographer
- Early Intervention
- Family Child Care Provider
- Hospital Child Life Aide
- Kindergarten Paraprofessional
- Museum Educator
- Pediatric Health
- Preschool teacher in a MA Department of Early Education and Care approved Early Childhood program
- Private Nanny
- School Age Care Provider
- Social Worker
- According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage was $28,120 in May 2014 or $13.52 per hour.
- According to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the median annual wage in Massachusetts was $32,430 in May 2014.
Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates
Bright Horizons, Minuteman Child Development Center, Private families, The Children's Workshop, The Sharper Edge Skating School, Pediatric Dentistry