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Student pursuing an Early Education and Care degree at Curry College teaches young childrenStudents interested in working with and teaching young children (Infant - 5 years old) can pursue an Early Education and Care degree. Students prepare for future careers in programs for young children such as infant, toddler, or preschool aged children in childcare settings and community preschool programs. The Early Education and Care major emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice, leadership and administration of programs for young children, and the importance of working with children within the context of the family.

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The Path to Your Dream Career

Just a few of the many career options include:

  • Camp/Recreational Director
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Early Childhood Educator Grades PreK-2
  • Early Intervention-Developmental Specialist
  • Elementary Teacher Grades 1-6
  • Infant or Toddler Teacher
  • Middle School or Secondary Math Educator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Preschool Educator
  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities - Grades PreK-8
  • Youth and Family Advocate

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Our alumni are leading the way at:

  • Boston Public Schools
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  • Gilson JCC Early Learning Center
  • Gloucester Public Schools
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  • Meets MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) Core Competencies for Early Education and Out of School Time care.
  • Students may apply for Lead Teacher certification through the MA DEEC in Infant, Toddler, and / or Preschool education.  Additional elective coursework may be taken to pursue Director I certification.
  • Opportunities for additional field work in related areas such as Early Intervention, Childcare Administration, and child/family centered community programs and agencies
  • In order to register for the Senior Capstone, ED 3850, students must have completed all required Early Education and Care courses (with no outstanding incompletes in the major). Students who do not meet this requirement must obtain the permission of the Education Department.

Prerequisite Coursework:

PSY 1400 Child Development 3
ED 1150 Exploring the World of Education 3


Core Coursework:

ED 2161 Educational Psychology 3
ED 2230 Infants and Toddlers 3
ED 2411 Strategies for the Effective Educator:
Early Childhood
3
ED 2420 School, Family & Community 3
ED 2600 Introduction to Special Education 3
ED 3850 Current Issues in Education (Senior Capstone) 3


Required Coursework and Co-requisite Field Work:

ED 2450 Early Care Planning and Programming 3
ED 2342 Field Observation and Participation 2
ED 3115 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
ED 3451 Practicum I: Preschool Setting 3
ED 4560 Practicum II: Infant/Toddler Setting 6
ED 4560SM Practicum Seminar 0
OR
ED 4561 Practicum II: Preschool Setting 6
ED 4561SM Practicum II Seminar 0


Suggested Electives:

ED 2160 Foundations in Early Intervention:
Principles and Practice
ED 2235 Early Assessment & Intervention
ED 2354 Creative Arts in Early Childhood
ED 2510 Guiding Behavior
ED 3200 Administration of Childcare Programs
ED 3510 Community Leadership
COM 2007 Sign Language

  1. Plan thoughtful, appropriate learning experiences that meet group and individual needs aligned with workplace expectations and state / federal / agency frameworks or guidelines.
  2. Carry out well-developed plans and assess regularly and systematically both individual outcomes and the quality of instruction.
  3. Establish, manage, and maintain effective learning environments with attention to positive social, emotional, physical and cognitive climates.
  4. Promote equity through culturally responsive practices and to continually seek to deepen one's knowledge and understanding within a constantly changing society.  This includes, but is not limited to, the complexity and interaction of the following: achievement, individual gifts learning situations and content, family structures, race and cultural identity, gender, abilities/disabilities, varied learning styles across varied learning situations and content, socio-economic status, religion, language and linguistic differences.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and leadership toward a just society.
    1. understand his/her legal and moral responsibilities
    2. advocate for the health and well being of all
    3. demonstrate reflective practices as a means to grow and to question
    4. hold a disposition toward critical analysis and evaluation of ever-changing practices, (including technologies), processes, content,  and oral forms
    5. demonstrate the  ability to communicate one's ideas clearly in written and oral forms

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