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Early Childhood Education

  1. Overview
  2. View Program Curriculum
  3. Recommended Admissions Prerequisites
  4. Continuing Your Education


The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to prepare individuals as skilled Early Childhood professionals.
Graduates will meet state licensing standards for teaching in a variety of settings. The course work combines theory and practical experience to prepare graduates for immediate entry into the field. The curriculum is based upon standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

In conjunction with the Early Childhood Education program, the Spring Point Children's Center provides quality educational experiences for preschool children, ages 3, 4 and 5. Spring Point Children's Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous, voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they consistently meet national standards of excellence. This on campus center is a valuable resource providing a laboratory setting for students in the program.

Currently, there are three program options:
1) a part-time Certificate of Initial Proficiency (15 credits of the first year ECE classes)
2) a one year certificate consisting of the first year of the two-year program and
3) the two-year associate degree program.
Applicants for full-time status, in options two or three, will receive first priority. Part-time students, for day classes, will be considered on a space-available basis. Selected classes are also available evenings.

Solid basic reading, writing and computation skills are necessary for all applicants. Additional prerequisites are noted below.

Recommended Admissions Prerequisites

Algebra I

Continuing Your Education

We are in the process of developing a formal articulation agreement with the University of Maine at Farmington. Credits often transfer to other colleges with similar programs.

Please Note:

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education program requires internships and site visits each semester at children's day care facilities. The Maine Department of Human Services will not permit a student to participate insuch activities if the student does not satisfy the Department's licensing criteria. Accordingly, a prerequisitefor participation in the Early Childhood Education program is a student's ability to meet the Department of HumanServices' criteria. The criteria are designed to identify individuals whose actions or practices, in the past, couldbe deemed detrimental to the welfare of children.

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