Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education is comprised of three interrelated curricula: Child Growth and Development, Early Childhood Curriculum Design and a laboratory pre-school/internship experience. Students use the information gained in Child Growth and Development and apply it to prepare activities for the children they teach in the laboratory pre-school and internships in the city of Worcester. The ultimate goal is to prepare students for Office for Child Care Services qualification as a pre-school/infant/toddler teacher in a private early care and education program as well as a variety of career opportunities involving working with children. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation as well as gain college admission for continued education.

Course offerings with descriptions

Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:

  • UMASS Memorial Child Care
  • First Friends
  • Guild of St. Agnes
  • Chestnut Nursery/Kindergarten
  • Headstart Day Care
  • Pakachoag Day care
  • Rainbow Day Care Center
  • Salmon Early Childhood
  • YWCA

Career Opportunities

  • Day Care Provider
  • Teacher
  • Public School
  • Center Director
  • Educational Consultant
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Child/Family Social Worker
  • Family Support
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