Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher Certificate

Whether you're looking to begin or advance your career—MCC is a great place to begin your future.

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The Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher Certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to work directly with children to provide quality classroom support for both children and other educational professionals, such as lead teachers and specialists.  The Assistant Teacher Certificate is recommended for students who are just entering the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) or those who do not wish to seek MA Early Education and Care (EEC) Lead Teacher (Level 2) certification or an Associate degree at this time.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Assistant Teacher Certificate are prepared to meet all MA EEC education and experience requirements for Teacher (Level 1) certification, as well as NAEYC ECE I designation.  Students will be able to transfer 6 of the certificate credits toward an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, and 3 credits and the Practicum hours toward MA EEC Lead Teacher (Level 2) certification.

Courses are delivered through a variety of modalities including weekend schedules, hybrid, online, and traditional face-to-face options, and students may be eligible for financial assistance through financial aid, scholarships and/or grant funding.  Please visit the ECE Career Pathways Grant page for more information.

MCC's new* Assistant Teacher Certificate is comprised of 7 courses (20 credits) which may be completed in two semesters: 

* as of Fall 2024

Certificate students have access to all campus facilities, services, and programs including technology labs, civic and service-learning opportunities, student clubs and organizations, veteran's services, disability services, counseling, fitness and recreation centers, and the Asian-American Student Advancement Program.  For more information on what MCC has to offer students, please see MCC's Student Life page.


  • Students will need to apply for EEC teacher certification directly through the MA Department of Early Education and Care.
  • ENG 101 eligibility is a prerequisite for EDU 100, EDU 122, and COM 103 courses.
  • Successful completion of EDU 122 with a C- or better is a prerequisite for EDU 109.

In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI).
Last Modified: 12/20/23