The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the University of Massachusetts, Boston are excited to announce  that online courses are now available on Open Course Ware. All courses can be accessed at . There is no charge to access these courses.

Please note: Educators who are seeking college credit or CEUs should contact their regional Educator and Provider Support Grantee for enrollment information. Educators must pay applicable tuition and/or fees for college credit or CEUs.

All courses are comprised of self-contained modules that can be used individually or strung together to make up a course. Modules can be used by educators for self-study or by programs to meet the in-service professional development requirements.

Courses available online are:

  • EEC’s Core Competencies-8 modules
  • EEC Competencias Basicas-8 modules
  • Preschool Learning Standards and Guidelines-7 modules
  • Estado de Massachusetts Experiencias de Aprendizaje en Preescolar-7 modules
  • Infant and Toddler Guidelines-6 modules
  • EEC Language and Literacy- 13 modules

Self Study Guide for Using the Online Modules PDF for Preschool Learning Standards and Guidelines.

Procedure to Obtain EEC Professional Development Hours for Self-Study Courses pdf format of EEC Professional Development Hours for Self Study

Core Competencies is a survey course to familiarize educators with the competencies and to help them identify where they need more professional development. This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess their own level of competency in terms of the eight core areas, across the infant-toddler, preschool and out-of-school age range.

Preschool Guidelines is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach each content area according to the preschool learning guidelines, or state standards. Through presentations, online resources, readings, and assignments students will gain knowledge of the components of mathematics, English language arts, science and technology/engineering, the arts, and health education, and history and social science.

Language and Literacy Course is designed to examine language development from birth through primary-aged children. Topics will include speech and language processes for communication, language development stages, theories of language acquisition, assessment of language development and activities that foster language development. Special attention will be paid to linguistically diverse populations and children whose language development differs from the reference group, with regards to the most recent advances in the field. Selection and development of pre-reading/prewriting and reading and writing curricula for preschool, kindergarten and primary grades will be addressed. There will be an emphasis on development of literacy in the primary grades that employs a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach.

Infant and Toddler Guidelines Course is designed to provide a comprehensive view of the development of infants and toddlers while documenting experiences that support this development. This course will provide an opportunity to use the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines to support your work with infants and toddlers. The self-study guide for each course provides you with an overview of the Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers course.

Competencias Básicas este curso está designado para proveer a profesionales de educación temprana con el conocimiento y las destrezas para evaluar su propio nivel en relación a las ocho competencias básicas, desde el rango infante-niño pequeño, preescolar, hasta fuera de la escuela.

Estado de Massachusetts Experiencias de Aprendizaje en Preescolar este curso está diseñado para profesionales de educación para la niñez con el conocimiento y las destrezas para enseñar cada área de contenido de acuerdo a los lineamientos del aprendizaje preescolar, o las normas del estado. Este módulo, como parte del curso en experiencias de aprendizaje preescolares, explicará cada parte de las normas y dará ejemplos de cómo enseñar cada norma dentro de un plan de estudios integrado. Por medio de presentaciones, recursos en el internet, lecturas, y asignaciones los estudiantes obtendrán el conocimiento correspondiente a los componentes de cada área: matemáticas, inglés, ciencia y tecnología/ingeniería, las artes, educación para la salud, historia y ciencias sociales. El último módulo va a cubrir el contenido de las Normas del Programa de Educación Temprana y cómo incorporar esas normas a la práctica diaria

Zero to Three Training Modules

The National Infant and Toddler Child Care Initiative @Zero to Three, a project of the Federal Child Care Bureau, has developed three training modules on infant toddler settings.