The Early Childhood Technology (ECT) graduate certificate program was launched in 2015 by the DevTech Research Group in the department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. This unique certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares. The program develops students' knowledge and skills in technology and engineering with a focus on early childhood.
Each year since we launched in 2015, we have enrolled a full cohort of educators. However, we were disheartened to hear from dozens of enthusiastic public school teachers and early childhood professionals who were highly qualified to participate, but who were unable to afford the travel or lodging during the final teaching residency on campus. Because grant funding is used for tuition scholarships, there is currently no financial aid available to help with travel to campus for this culminating on-campus experience, where ECT students get to put into practice all they’ve learned about teaching with technology in early childhood at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School.
Our dream is to make ECT available to every educator so they can make an impact in their own schools or communities through their participation in the ECT program. 100% of donations received by the Tufts crowdfunding campaign will go to providing financial aid to qualified public school teachers, librarians, museums educators, and childcare workers who could not otherwise afford this training.
We know that women and minorities are still drastically underrepresented in many STEM fields. Research has shown that early learning interventions can play a role in addressing this gap. In our own funding research, we’ve seen that offering full or partial financial aid to ECT students has increased our reach with educators serving children from minoritized and low-income backgrounds, and doubled our program’s black, latino, and indigenous student representation. We hope that by reaching teachers who work in resource-stretched childcare settings serving diverse populations of young children, this scholarship fund can have a broad impact, for educators as well as their communities.
Please Support Our Scholarship Fund!
Please show your support of the ECT program scholarship fund by making a donation to our crowdfunding campaign! 100% of donations received will go to providing travel and lodging scholarships to qualified early childhood teachers who could not otherwise afford this training.
Our goal is to raise $2,000: enough to provide full or partial travel stipends for at least 8 students, allowing them to complete the ECT program. If we are able to surpass this goal, we will be able to provide financial aid to even more qualified educators, as well as provide them with partial lodging stipends that can support their participation in the program.