Pine Manor College provides students an opportunity to learn about the important, distinct, and unique period of development that is Early Childhood. Students will be provided the opportunity to prepare for a variety of Early Childhood career paths from their studies in children’s cognitive, physical and social- emotional development. Students take course work that addresses child development theories, educational practices, assessment, pedagogical approaches, program planning, health and nutritional issues unique to young children, and early childhood afterschool programs and community resources. Students may also choose from a variety of electives in order to pursue a particular area of interest relating to young children. Students may be a generalist, or elect to concentrate in an area related to the education, health or the leadership of Early Childhood programs. Students in the program will be provided many opportunities to observe and work with young children.
Students who complete this major will be eligible to apply for a certificate of qualification from the Department of Early Education and Care as a Level I, or Level II teacher, and with additional electives will meet Director requirements.
Students wishing to continue their studies to pursue a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Teaching License in Early Childhood at a graduate level should contact Dr. McElroy. Specific requirements for different licenses are available from Dr. McElroy in the Education Department