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Earn Your CDA and EEC Lead Teacher Certification for Free at Greenfield Community College

Get started—or get ahead—in education! Free classes starting Fall 2020 prepare eligible students for Early Education & Care (EEC) certifications and the Child Development Associate Plus (CDA+) credential—the most widely recognized national credential for early educators!

Empower Young Children and Help Build a Strong Society

All children are strong, curious, capable and powerful. As an early childhood educator you will partner with children and families to create experiences and environments that shape a child's learning and development for life. Be part of creating healthy and vibrant lives for young children now so that their future, and our society, is stronger.

Program Schedule

Semester 1

  • EDU 101 Introduction to ECE (7 weeks, 3 credits)
  • EDU 144 Child Behavior and Development (7 weeks, 3 credits)
  • EDU 146 Child Behavior & Guidance Practicum (14 weeks, 1 credit)

Semester 2

  • ENG 101 English Comp I (7 weeks, 3 credits)
  • EDU 141 Relationships, Families & Community (7 weeks, 3 credits)
  • EDU 147 Program Management, Health & Safety Practicum (14 weeks, 1 credit)

Semester 3

  • ENG 103 Creativity & Creative Experiences OR EDU 123 Infant & Toddler Care & Curriculum (14 weeks, 3 credits)
  • EDU 145 Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings Curriculum (14 weeks, 1 credit)

The children are the curriculum, the environment is a teacher.

At GCC you will learn innovative approaches and practices to teaching and learning that are rooted in the fundamentals of relationships, play, inquiry and communication. Our Early Childhood Education Lab is a unique adult learning space where you will experience how the design of classroom environments and use of materials impacts learning, emotions and behavior. Through hands-on interaction and collaboration you will strengthen your ability to create powerful experiences for young children.

Get started!

Request more information from our program coordinator to find out if you are eligible for FREE classes toward your CDA!

Greenfield Community College • One College Drive • Greenfield, MA 01310 • (413) 775-1000 • AA/EO

This program is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care through the Career Pathways program.

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