Early Education & Teaching

Program Description

  • Students in the Early Education &  Care program study the fundamentals of human development up to age eight, with the primary focus on children under five. In addition to learning about growth and development, students also learn how to meet children’s developmental needs. Curriculum planning for children under five includes creating fun activities that foster children’s development. Students’ training follows state and national Early Childhood Education guidelines. Their preparation includes, among other topics, following health and safety practices, as well as transmitting culture to children. This is a rigorous, college preparatory program for academically talented, technically oriented students who plan to matriculate to a competitive technical college or institute upon graduation from high school. All learners are challenged to meet high standards and high expectations while receiving the necessary supports for success. This program exceeds the state curriculum standards found in the MA Frameworks for Early Education & Care.

Course Content

    • Introduction to Early Childhood
    • Career Opportunities
    • Positive Guidance
    • Working with Parents & Families
    • Foster Care
    • Professional Ethics
    • Theorist
    • Principles of Child Growth and Development
    • Special Education, Learning Environments, Child Safety
    • History of Childhood & Education
    • Principles of Child Development
    • Methods of Communication
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    • Curriculum Instruction & Design
    • Foods & Nutrition Education
    • Infant & Young Toddler Care & Education
    • Small Business Management

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

    • Bright Horizons
    • Minuteman Child Development Center
    • Private Families
    • The Children’s Workshop
    • The Sharper Edge Skating School
    • Pediatric Dentistry

Advisory Committee Partners

    • Arlington Children’s Center
    • Communities Unlimited
    • Greater Lowell Technical HS,
    • Kids A Lot Child Development Center
    • Lesley University
    • Lexington Special Education
    • LINCC
    • Mass Bay Community College
    • Middlesex Community College
    • Woods Edge Children’s Center

Industry Certifications

    • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety
    • Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care Pre-School Teacher Certification
    • Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care Infant/Toddler Teacher Certification
    • American Red Cross First Aid/AED/CPR Pediatric and Adult Certification

Possible Career Pathways

    • Child Life Specialist
    • Children’s Book Author or Illustrator
    • Children’s Librarian 
    • Children’s Photographer
    • Early Intervention
    • Entrepreneur
    • Family Child Care Provider
    • Hospital Child Life Aide
    • Kindergarten Paraprofessional
    • Museum Educator
    • Pediatric Health
    • Preschool Teacher in a MA
    • Department of Early Education and Care Approved Early Childhood Program
    • Private Nanny
    • School Age Care Provider
    • Social Worker

Starting Salary

  • Earnings vary by specialty.
    $22,590

    *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Website: bls.gov/ooh

College Partners

    • Fisher College
    • Mass Bay Community College
    • Middlesex Community College
    • Statewide Articulation Agreements with all Community Colleges in Massachusetts