College Courses and Partners


The R3P includes seven regional colleges as collaborating partners that have received funding through this grant to offer college courses, advising and support to eligible participants for free or at a significantly reduced cost. Each college provides different courses and services, so it is important to know which program and location best meets your needs and goals.


**College courses are full for the remainder of this year!  Check back in July for new listings and applications.


Please take a few moments to complete this survey – it will help us determine which professional development topics and courses to offer for the upcoming grant year- starting in July, 2017.

Here is the link to access the survey:


Mass Bay Community College

Mass Bay’s Early Childhood Education programs prepare teachers with a foundation of knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to promote inclusive, developmentally appropriate environments and curricula in classrooms serving children from infancy to age 8. Field experiences in quality early education settings offer students opportunities to practice and to learn from excellent role models. Coursework provides both a current and historical context for early childhood programs and teaching with developmentally appropriate practices at its core. Associate’s degree programs provide a balance of courses in Education and the liberal arts to prepare students for immediate employment in the field or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. Certificate programs provide fast-track options for preschool or infant/toddler Teacher or Lead Teacher qualifications. The college also offers an Elementary Education transfer program.

The R3P supports two cohort courses located in Newton for eligible educators, pending approved funding.

Mass Bay Community College

Contact:  Nancy Railsback  (508) 270-4291

Middlesex Community College

The Early Childhood Education program offers Associate in Science degree program provides the educational background and supervised training for students interested in working with young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate practice and has a child-centered focus. Students learn and apply theory with hands-on experience in a required practicum. Middlesex Community College also offers an Early Childhood Education Associate in Science Transfer degree program and is designed to prepare a student to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program leading to teacher licensure. Supervised Student Teaching Seminar Practicum and/or Service-Learning placements in area schools provide practical experiences for future teachers, and support and enhance the teacher-preparation curriculum. This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and the University of Massachusetts.

Middlesex Community College

Contact:  Maureen Goulet  978-328-2375

591 Springs Road, Bedford MA 01730



Northern Essex Community College

Northern Essex Community College is committed to students attaining an Associate Degree in the field of Early Childhood Education and then furthering their studies at a four year institution. All programs are shaped to provide students the opportunity to transfer to a four year college. Students will be offered a full complement of ECE courses each semester. Northern Essex has established a seamless transition plan for students so that individual students have access to courses that meet their career goals and busy personal schedules.

Northern Essex Community College

Contact: Gail Feigenbaum (978) 556-3831

Northern Essex Community College 45 Franklin Street, Lawrence MA 01841


North Shore Community College

North Shore Community College has a long history working with the early childhood and out of school time workforce and takes pride in having several certificate and credential programs that fit into the early childhood education degree program at NSCC. These include an Infant Toddler Certificate and the CDA Credential. We support family child care providers, center based and school age staff and non-native speakers of English in unique programs that lead to an associate’s degree in early childhood education.  The R3P supports eligible educators to take college courses that will lead to increased EEC certification, a certificate or an Associate’s degree.

North Shore Community College

Contact:   Kathy Gallo  (781) 593-6722 X6249

North Shore Community College 300 Broad Street, Lynn, 01901 Office: Room E-217




Merrimack College

Merrimack College is a selective, independent college in the Catholic, Augustinian tradition whose mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives. The College offers undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts, business, science and engineering, and education programs; it also offers master’s programs in education and a range of certificate, licensure and degree completion programs. The school of education offers degree and licensure programs in early childhood education, elementary education, moderate disabilities, and a range of middle and secondary school licenses.

The R3P supports eligible educators who are officially matriculated at Merrimack College in the Bachelor’s Completion program, pending approved funding.

Merrimack College

Contact:  Patricia Howson, Ph.D.  (978) 837-5521

Erika Rinaldi  (978) 837-5484

Merrimack College 315 Turnpike Street, (Route 114) North Andover, MA

To apply for course(s) at Merrimack College, contact Patricia Howson or Erika Rinaldi.


Gordon College

Gordon College is one of the nation’s premier Christian colleges, located north of Boston in Wenham, MA.  The Early Childhood Master’s degree program leading to licensure as a teacher of students with and without disabilities PreK-2 prepares professionals to develop and implement curricula that address an extremely critical time during which formative learning, skill building, and social growth take place.  The Early Childhood program is offered for those who already hold an initial license or those seeking initial licensure.

The R3P supports eligible educators who are officially matriculated at Gordon College as part of an R3P funded cohort working towards a Master’s degree,  pending approved funding. You must have a Bachelor’s degree in order to apply for R3P courses at Gordon College.

Gordon College

Contact:  Janet Arndt  978-867-4814

Gordon College 255 Grapevine Road Wenham  MA  01984


Salem State University

Salem State University (SSU) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, and middle and high school education. Salem State University’s educator licensure programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) and are nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our curriculum incorporates the competencies outlined by the Department of Early Education & Care (EEC). SSU provides early childhood leaders and program directors, early childhood teachers and assistants and day care providers with graduate courses, undergraduate courses and professional development workshops in priority competency areas, awarding college credit, continuing education credit (CEUs), or professional development points (PDPs). Graduate courses develop leadership skills and sustain professional communities.

SSU offers two early childhood programs. The Early Education and Care program is a transfer-friendly option that allows students seeking a career in early childhood outside of the public school system to earn their bachelor’s degree. The joint bachelor’s and master’s program in Early Childhood Education is a program for those who are looking towards a career teaching preschool, kindergarten, first or second grade in the public schools. It is a competitive dual degree program with internal admissions requirements beyond admission to the University. SSU collaborates closely with community college partners to smooth the transition from 2-year to 4-year degree programs and advanced degrees. Finally, SSU will offer workshop series for early childhood leaders and teachers in literacy development, math, family engagement and hands-on science.

The R3P supports eligible educators who are officially matriculated at Salem State University by offering cohort courses for those working towards a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree.

Salem State University


Registration Information:  Christina Cassano  (978) 766-7344

Advising Information:  Johannah Morgen  (978) 542-2854

Salem State University  352 Lafayette Street, Salem MA  01970






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