Program Options

Northampton Community College's Early Childhood teacher training program is offered in different locations and in a variety of formats to meet the learning styles and needs of students. The Academic Program consists of the following options which can be done on campus or online.

  • AAS Degree and Certificate
  • Child Development Associate
  • School Age Child Care
  • Leadership for Early Childhood Programs (Director's Credential Specialized Diploma)

Academic Program Descriptions

ECE: Infant to Grade 4 AAS Degree

Teaching young children is rewarding and inspiring! This two year degree prepares students to become effective teachers for children ages infant to 9. As Early Childhood graduates from NCC, students are qualified to work as lead teachers in child care centers, Head Start Programs, preschools, and as assistant teachers in kindergarten classrooms. After completing 2 years at NCC, students may wish to continue their education by obtaining a baccalaureate degree and transferring to a 4 year institution. Students are then able to obtain a Pre-K to Grade 4 teaching certificate (state required) and teach in a public or private school setting.

Child Development Associate (CDA) and School Age Child Care (SACC)

When students enroll in a CDA or SACC program, they can transfer their courses (9 credits) into the associate degree program. They will receive credit for EARL106, 217 and 244; they can then begin their ECE associate degree with EARL-107, Observation and Assessment.

Leadership for Early Childhood Program: Director's Credential

The Director's Credential Specialized Diploma is offered to students who are interested in a leadership role as a director of a childcare center. It is especially helpful to those who own, or are thinking about owning their own childcare facility. To enroll in this specialized diploma, 15 Early Childhood course credits or departmental approval are required.