This program is designed for child care professionals who are Lead Teacher certified by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) or hold a degree in Early Childhood Education. This program provides the educational component for Director-II eligibility in group child care settings licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC). Additional requirements may need to be completed in order to apply for Director-II certification. Participants must be employed in a licensed child care setting and work directly with children for a minimum of 12 hours per week while enrolled in the program.
Graduates of HCC Education programs are expected to demonstrate developing skills toward all required teacher competencies. The Education Department Student Learning Outcomes are (A) knowledge of child development; (B) provision of a nurturing environment for young children and families; (C) assessment of typical child development through formal observations, informal developmental checklists, and discussions with parents; (D) provision of a safe and healthy early childhood setting that exceeds current EEC standards; (E) identification of children who demonstrate behaviors or skill acquisition difficulties that may require intervention; (F) application of appropriate and effective behavior management strategies in an early childhood setting; (G) development of age appropriate lesson plans and materials; (H) demonstrated use of computer application programs both professionally and with young children in an educational setting; (I) competent and professional oral and written communication; (J) interpersonal and job performance skills that reflect the professionalism demanded by early child care centers; and (K) critical thinking and problem solving skills.