“I learned so much more from the hands-on experience of working with toddlers at the CECC than I would have just reading a textbook. It is one thing to know the history, philosophy and psychology of education but it is much more riveting to experience it and be able to make a difference in young lives.”
Amy Feloney '12
Major: Child, Youth and Community Education
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The Early Childhood Center serves as a practica site for Curry Education majors. We provide these students the opportunity to complete their Senior Practicum, Junior Pre-Practicum, and filed work in our five classrooms.
The CECC is an internship site for students across several disciplines. We have provided internship experiences in Health Education and Education Admninistration. Management, Nursing, and Art majors also have intership opportunities at the CECC, doing things like developing a marketing plan or serving as an Artist-in-Residence.
The CECC provides an opportunity for college students to make formal observations of young children. The following courses regularly use the center as part of their course requirements:
- NSG 2050 - Nursing Therapeutics: Children
- PSY 1400 - Child Development
- ED 2230 - Infants and Toddlers
- ED 2700 - Language and Literacy
- ED 2161 - Educational Psychology
- ED 2510 - Guiding Behavior
- ED 3200 - Administration of Child Care Programs
We also provide guest lectures for 'ED 1150 - Exploring the World of Education' and 'ED 2420 - School, Families and Community.'
The CECC currently employs thirty college students through both work-study and regular student employment positions. Students who work at the CECC for two years and complete a course in Child Development, graduate with the requirements to become certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as preschool and/or infant-toddler teachers.