Free online training for EEC hours


For those of you who may not be aware, below is a link to free online training from EEC and UMASS Boston.  The trainings are broken down in modules and needs to be documented using the EEC form. Please share with staff and let me know if you have any questions.


Lara Paniagua

Licensing Specialist

Department of Early Education and Care

1441 Main Street, Suite 230

Springfield, MA 01103

Direct Line 413-881-1540

Main Line 413-788-8401

Fax 413-784-1227



Free Competency Based Training Online!

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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.

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