Early Childhood Education Certificate

The Early Childhood Certificate Program is designed as a first step in a preparing individuals to be competent professionals in a growing field. The Early Childhood Certificate Program provides students with the most current knowledge, skills, and to cultivate the dispositions that will enable them to become exemplary early childhood educators. Graduates will be ready for immediate entry into the ECE field or for transfer to our Early Childhood Associates in Arts Degree. The courses can be offered online, hybrid or as a cohort at an early childhood education agency. Our certificate offers the flexibility to design what your area of focus will be; infant and toddler, preschool, or family childcare.

Program Snapshot

Credits: 30
Learning Format: Online
Term Length: 8-weeks with start dates in September, November, January, March, May and July
Time to Completion*:  5 terms; 10 months

*Based on continuous enrollment of two courses every term. Time to completion may be shorter based on eligible transfer credit or longer if course enrollment varies.

Early Childhood Certificate Program Requirements 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CS101 Computer Concepts and Applications  3
ED103 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ED116 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children 3
ED204 Strategies for Children's Behavior  3
ED205 Children with Special Needs 3
ED223 Program Administration for Early Childhood 3
ED224 Supervision and Mentoring in Early Childhood Education 3
EN101 English I 3
PS103 Child Development  3
  Education Elective1 3
  Total Credit 30
1 Students may take ED120 Infant/Toddler Curricula, or ED121 Preschool Curricula.

Gainful Employment Disclosure 

Fisher College has adopted early rescission of the Gainful Employment regulations (2014 Rule) as made available via the Department of Education’s June 28, 2019 Electronic Announcement.  This includes early rescission of section 482 (c) of the HEA with regulatory changes to subpart Q and subpart R of the Student Assistance General Provisions at Title 34 part 668 of the Code of Federal Regulations.   Fisher College has removed Gainful Employment disclosure templates from all materials and will not be distributing templates to prospective students.  In addition, Fisher College will not provide Gainful Employment data for the 2018-2019 award year.

Professional Certification

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides 6 types of professional certifications in the state of Massachusetts. 

  • Infant/toddler Teacher
  • Infant/toddler Lead Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Preschool Lead Teacher
  • Director I
  • Director II

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Certificate, students will have satisfied the educational requirements for all levels of certification within the age group chosen. 

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