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MassBay’s Education and Human Services program prepares students for work that makes an impact. MassBay offers associate's degree programs that prepare students for transfer into bachelor's degree programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Human Services, as well as certificate programs that prepare graduates for direct entry into the work force. Our graduates enter meaningful careers as educators in preschools, childcare centers, elementary schools, afterschool programs, or as social workers at community centers to support people in need.
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The Department of Higher Education has established an early childhood education transfer compact for students transferring from Massachusetts community colleges to public colleges and universities that offer early childhood (pre K-grade 2) public school teacher licensure at the baccalaureate level. Students must complete the courses required for this transfer compact with a 2.75 cumulative GPA. The program prepares students for the early childhood education licensure program at Massachusetts state colleges or university campuses. Up to 60 credits earned by students who fulfill the core requirements may be accepted as transfer credits by the receiving institution.
The Department of Higher Education has established an elementary (grades 1-6) education transfer compact for students transferring from Massachusetts community colleges to public colleges and universities that offer elementary education public school teacher licensure at the baccalaureate level. Completion of the courses required for this transfer compact with a 2.75 cumulative GPA prepares students for the elementary licensure programs at Massachusetts state colleges or university campuses.
The Human Services program combines courses in social sciences, primarily psychology and sociology, with seminars and field work in the human and social services field. In addition to obtaining the necessary professional skills such as interviewing, report writing, behavior modification, and human relations, students gain a broad background in the liberal arts. Upon graduation, students are prepared to work in a variety of social agencies related to their educational credentials and work experience.
The Early Childhood Education program prepares students for positions working with children in a variety of settings including childcare centers, nursery schools, family child care centers, and after school programs. The professional courses in the program provide a broad, basic understanding of children’s developmental needs and a repertoire of specialized skills. Field work in approved early childhood centers, in conjunction with seminars, expose students to the practical aspects of working with children, thereby supplementing classroom theory. Electives across a variety of disciplines offer opportunity for a well-rounded education.
This is a workforce development career ladder offering for individuals working for the Department of Developmental Disabilities and/or their vendor agencies. This certificate prepares students for various positions in the broad field of Developmental Disabilities depending on their work or life experiences.
Upon successful completion, the Human Services: Direct Support Certificate is awarded.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSCORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks are required prior to practicum placement and will be conducted in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.
The certificate is designed to prepare student for entry-level positions in the area of substance abuse, to help those currently in the field upgrade their skills for professional advancement, and/or meet the needs of students intending to pursue further studies in the Human Services, Criminal Justice, Social Work and/or Substance Abuse. Students seeking immediate employment are prepared to work in a variety of residential programs and/or community outreach centers.
This program is designed to qualify students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements for teachers in group child care centers.
This program is designed to qualify students to meet the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care requirements for teachers in group infant/toddler and child care centers. Only EEC-qualified individuals may accept positions as teachers in classrooms serving children ages 0-3 years. A one-semester supervised field work component in an approved infant-toddler center gives students valuable practical experience, thereby supplementing classroom theory and learning.
This certificate program meets the needs of students looking to enter the social service field, upgrade their skills in their current human services position, or are interested in pursuing further studies in the human services or social work fields. Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of human services agencies such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, settlement houses, community centers, and multiservice agencies.