Prepare for a Rewarding Career in Early Childhood Education
There is great joy in working with young children, but there is also a great amount you need to know to effectively support their development. NECC’s Early Childhood Education Program provides the foundation for a career teaching kindergarten or preschool or working in other early childhood education programs.
Why Choose NECC?
NECC’s program emphasizes the study of the young child as an individual, as part of a family system, and as a participant in group settings interacting with other children of similar age. In this program you will:
Understand how children grow, develop and learn through coursework and field experience
Participate in practicums and field placements, which allows you to apply theory and skills under guidance and supervision in classrooms and educational programs
Plan and implement lesson plans, learning activities, and developmentally appropriate curriculum
Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements to save thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree
Because of NECC
You will be well prepared to both seek a job in an early childhood learning environment and to continue your education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related filed. After completing this program you can:
Pursue entry-level positions in area pre-schools, kindergartens, and Head Start Programs
Seamlessly transfer earned credits to the public or private four-year college of your choice to pursue a bachelor’s degree
Go on to become a certified lead teacher or early childhood care center director
NECC has definitely helped me get the education I need at an affordable cost.”
Maeve Hurley, Early Childhood Education
Hear What Jody Carson, Early Childhood Education Faculty, Has to Say
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Program will be prepared to assume a professional role in the education of young children. Professional Career Opportunities as state certified Lead Teachers and/or child care center Directors (depending on the length of experience) are available for ECE Program graduates.
Please note: Office hours may change. If no office hours appear below use the contacts above to schedule an appointment.
The AS Early Childhood Education Degree at Northern Essex is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The current accreditation term runs from August 2021 through September 2027.
Student Learning Outcomes - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
Student Learning Outcomes – Early Childhood Education Associate Degree
Integrate knowledge of child growth and development when working with young children birth to age 8
Determine appropriate guidance techniques for interacting with young children
Develop methods to build respectful, reciprocal relationships with families and community agencies on behalf of young children
Plan a safe and healthy environment for young children according to state and national standards
Create learning environments and design curriculum based on developmentally appropriate practice
Compare and contrast observation techniques to support the assessment of young children
Develop cooperative and collaborative relationships with colleagues in early childhood settings to ensure quality programming
Examine ethical standards expected of early childhood educators to determine professional responsibilities to children, families, colleagues, and communities.
Daniela Chavez-Hernandez, a Northern Essex Community College Early Childhood Education major with a 3.96 grade point average, has been selected as the student speaker for the college’s 55th Annual Commencement Exercises, which will be held on Saturday, May 20 on the Haverhill Campus. Now living in Dracut, Chavez-Herandez is a former resident of Lawrence. Read Daniela’s story.