ECE Introductory Certificate

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

happy girlThe Early Childhood Education Introductory Teacher Certificate program is designed for individuals who are just entering the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE) or those who wish to work directly with children in supporting roles. This certificate meets MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) foundational certificate requirements.

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* Early Childhood Education Introductory Teacher Certificate is comprised of 5 courses (16 credits) which may be completed in two semesters: 

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 and EDU 122.
  • Successful completion of EDU 122 with a C or better is a prerequisite for EDU 109.
  • EDU 101 and/or EDU 102 may be taken concurrently with 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: 7/19/24