Early Childhood Educator Scholarship Program

                                              Accepting Applications through August 1, 2021!

The ECE Scholarship Program was established by the Massachusetts Legislature to increase the credentials and qualifications of the early education and care workforce. The ECE Scholarship is available annually and is a joint initiative between the Department of Higher Education (DHE) Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The application for the ECE Scholarship Program will open on April 1, 2021 through August 1, 2021.

The scholarship assists early educators and after school/out of school time professionals in pursuing certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree programs, offered by participating Massachusetts colleges or universities. Scholarship applicants may receive financial assistance up to 11 credits per semester in the fall, spring and summer (subject to funding availability). Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be residents of Massachusetts, matriculated students, working in an EEC-licensed or licensed-exempt program (center based care, outof-school time care, or family child care).

Eligible applicants must work a minimum of 20 hours per week and must have been employed for a minimum of six months, in a program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care(EEC). For complete details about the ECE Scholarship, or to apply, please visit the following website: http://www.mass.edu/osfa/programs/earlychildhooded.asp

                                          To learn more about ECE Scholarship click on this link.  



The northeast Career Pathways grant partnership offers college courses, advising and support to eligible participants for free or at a significantly reduced cost. Each college prodes different courses and services, so it is important to know which program and location best meets your needs and goals.  





North Shore Community College

                                                            Courses starting in September, 2021:                                               Course name                         

ECE101: Child Growth and Development    3 Credits  HYBRID ZOOM – this course will be online and have Zoom class meetings on two Monday evenings – September 20th and October 18th

ECE124:  Introduction to CDA and Portfolio Development   6 credits  HYBRID ZOOM – this course will be online AND have required Zoom class meetings on the following Monday nights:  Sept 20 & 27, Nov. 1 & 29 and Dec. 13 & 20, 2021 Prerequisite: ECE101 You must have already taken ECE101 (Child Growth & Development)

ECE203:  Planning Programs for Young Children - 3 credits  In person on Monday evenings – NSCC Lynn Campus  Prerequisites: ECE101 (Child Growth & Development) and ECE105(Expressive Arts) – you must have successfully completed these two courses before you can take ECE203.

Winter/Spring, 2022 Courses:

ECE246:  Field Placement and Seminar 2 in ECE - 6 credits  Zoom hybrid - evenings to be announced. Prerequisite: ECE245  (Field Placement & Seminar 1) Corequisite: ECE203 (Planning Programs for Young Children)

ECE101: Child Growth & Development - Zoom classes to be announced.

ECE124: Intro to CDA and Portfolio DevelopmentZoom classes to be announced.

Summer, 2022 Courses:

ECE105:  Using the Expressive Arts with Young Children In person  – NSCC Lynn Campus  - Evening to be announced

ECE101: Child Growth & Development -Dates to be announced


To view course descriptions click here


For more information or advising, contact:

Kathy Gallo, M.Ed.

North Shore Community College
Office location – 300 Broad St.  LYNN – room E-217

781-593-6722 X6249




Northern Essex Community College

Course Name

ECE101: Child Growth and Development  Apply here

ECE104: Child Growth & Development (ESL Supported) Apply here

ECE104: Desarollo y Crecimiento Apply here

ECE111: Preschool Curriculum  Apply here

ECE113: Learning Environments for Infants & Toddlers  Apply here 

ECE123: Inclusive Practices for Young Children with Special Needs  Apply here                                   


For more information or advising, contact:

Doris Buckley, Ed.D

Northern Essex Community College 

100 Elliott Street  Haverhill – Room C304I




Sharline Del Rosario (habla español)

Special Programs Coordinator

Office Haverhill – C304I






Salem State University 

Salem State University offers courses toward a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree for R3P/Career Pathways students.  We are not accepting new students into the Salem State University courses at this time.                                 

Course name           

Fall 2021:                                   

EEC 200/800: Creative Arts for Young Children Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 (blended modality) Dates: 09/09, 09/23, 10/07, 10/21, 11/04, 12/2, 12/16  (Course dates subject to change)

EEC 304: Integrated Curriculum/ EDU 802: Curriculum Workshop for Early Childhood Thursdays

6:00 – 9:00 (blended modality) Dates: 9/2, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/18, 12/9 (Course dates subject to change)

Spring 2021: 

EDU 208A: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment/EDU 999AN: Brain Based Learning

Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 (blended modality) Dates: 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21 (Course dates subject to change)

EDU 334/767: Literature for Children Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 (blended modality) Dates: 1/20, 2/03, 2/17, 3/03, 3/24, 4/07, 4/28 (Course dates subject to change) 

Summer 2022:

EEC 302/TBD – Science related course Summer Session 1 (6 weeks) Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 (in-person

           APPLY HERE

To view course descriptions click here

 For more information or advising, contact:

Christina Cassano, Ed.D.
Salem State University



Contact Johannah Morgen jmorgen@salemstate.edu

for any questions about transfer programs.