Emerging Leaders in ECE

Are you currently EEC ‘Teacher’ or ‘Lead Teacher’ Qualified?

Have you been working with young children for at least 2 years?

Do you want to move up the Early Childhood career ladder?

Perhaps you have a degree in an ‘unrelated field’?

Are you self-motivated and proficient on the computer?

If you are currently ‘Teacher’ certified by EEC, would you like to become ‘Lead Teacher’ certified this year?

If you are currently ‘Lead Teacher’ certified by EEC, would you like to become ‘Director ′ certified?

We’re looking for YOU!​


Emerging Leaders in ECE
An online, collaborative leadership program for early childhood educators through the Career Pathways grant.

Purpose: To create two cohorts of early childhood professionals certified at either the EEC teacher level or EEC Lead Teacher level who wish to proceed through the courses required to obtain EEC certification for Lead Teacher (Infant/Toddler and Preschool) OR Director 1 and Director. Students will need to obtain the required work hours through their program of employment.

This intensiveaccelerated, fully online program aims to work with educators who are interested in being leaders in the field of ECE. 

Audience: MA educators who are EEC Teacher certified and wish to become Lead Teacher certified OR those who are Lead Teacher certified and wish to become Director certified – AND have 2 or more years of early childhood experience who are currently employed in the field.

Pre-Requisites: EEC Level 1 Certification: Infant-Toddler or Preschool Teacher, College Level Reading and Writing Skills

Technical Requirements: Applicants should have daily access to a computer with a reliable, broadband internet connection. Applicants should have basic computer knowledge as well.

Cost: This program is being funded by the Career Pathways grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Students will not be charged tuition and fees for these courses, but will be responsible for the cost of textbooks required for their courses. 

Courses Offered: Each course will run 100% online for approximately 7 weeks. The courses all fit into the ECE degree program at each of the participating colleges.

All students accepted into this program will be expected to complete all courses as part of the cohort and will need to sign a memorandum of understanding (agreement) before being officially accepted.

NECC Emerging Leaders Course Offerings for the Teacher to Lead Teacher track:

  • Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Preschool Curriculum


NSCC Emerging Leaders Course Offerings for the Lead Teacher to Director track:

  • Supervision & Administration of ECE Programs
  • Supporting the Young Child’s Physical and Mental Health
  • Children with Special Needs


Applications: The Emerging Leaders program requires a comprehensive application and a recommendation from a supervisor.  Applications are accepted from July through late August each year.  Late applications are not reviewed.  A selection committee reviews the applications and recommendations to determine who will be best suited to this intensive program.  The first course begins in October.           APPLICATION DEADLINE -August 31th


Recommendation form 

For more information or for questions, please contact:

Northern Essex Community College offers the Teacher to Lead Teacher track. 

Contact:  Doris Buckley  dbuckley@necc.mass.edu,  


North Shore Community College offers the Lead Teacher to Director  track. 

Contact:  Kathy Gallo  kgallo@northshore.edu