Early Childhood Education

Spring semester dates: January 23 to May 16, 2023

Join our Early Childhood Education Cohort

Learning cohorts are a team, group, or community of people with shared interests and goals who progress through an educational experience together. Their benefit is based upon certain educational theories of how people learn and the desire for support, teamwork, and shared resources. Our program offers a cohort model to have students come together in person once a week. On Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm, Vineyard students enrolled in the ECE 110 and ECE 200 classes will have the opportunity to meet at MV Community Services Early Education and Care Center. Local Early Childhood experts, as well as other support staff, will lead the group in professional development support (such as discussion groups and Infant First Aid/CPR), provide academic support, and offer other wrap-around services (ex. dinner is provided, as well as transportation as needed).

ECE 110 Class (Child Growth and Development) – 3 Credits

This asynchronous online class is offered through Cape Cod Community College (4C’s). Asynchronous learning allows you to learn on your own schedule, within a certain timeframe. You can access and complete lectures, readings, homework and other learning materials at any time. This class is required in order to become licensed as an Early Childhood Education teacher. This course examines child development from conception to age 9 by considering the complex interaction between hereditary and environmental factors. Children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development are discussed, as well as the implications for developmentally appropriate practice. It includes the theories of Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky. Students are required to observe children in a childcare setting. This course is restricted to applicants for State certification as a teacher of infants, toddlers, and/or preschool children.

ECE 200 Class (Teaching Infants and Toddlers) – 3 Credits

This coming semester, we are offering an additional class for our Fall cohort students as well as additional students who may be interested. This class is a synchronous (live) zoom class that takes place on Tuesdays from 5:00pm-7:40pm. This course emphasizes the development needs of infants and toddlers. Special focus includes planning curriculum for the very young, working with parents, special development needs of infants and toddlers, and planning their environment. (6 hours observation/field work)


We are utilizing generous grants from the West Chop Community Fund and the Martha’s Vineyard Community Foundation to offer scholarships to our students. Some students may qualify for a state funded Career Pathways Grant and we can help you learn about this opportunity if you meet the criteria. MVCET is also purchasing the text books to loan out to students.

Getting Started

If you’re ready to take the next step, submit your pre-registration form by clicking the button below!