Early Childhood Education Degree

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# ECE 101C Growth and Development of the Young Child* ^ 3 0 3
# ECE 188C Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education ^ 3 0 3
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
  MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning 4 0 4
Spring Semester
# ECE 143C Teaching and Learning - STEAM^ 3 0 3
# ECE 167C Positive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors^ 3 0 3
# ECE 215C Infant/Toddler Development and Programming^ 3 0 3
  ENGL 120MC Communication: Mindful or      
  ENGL xxxC English Literature Elective 3 0 3
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Fall Semester
# ECE 155C Using Children's Literature to Support Young Children's Language and Literacy Development^ 3 0 3
# ECE 275C Practicum 1 - Observation, Interpretation, Assessment and Portfolio Documentation 2 7 4
  XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective 3 0 3
  XX xxxC Lab Science Elective+ 3 2 4
  XX xxxC Social Science Elective++ 3 0 3
Spring Semester
# ECE 242C Child, Family and Community 3 0 3
# ECE 270C Teaching Young Children with Exceptionalities 3 0 3
# ECE 276C Practicum 2 - Exploring Teaching: Implementing Responsive Emergent Curriculum 2 7 4
# ECE 290C Early Childhood Leadership Seminar 1 0 1
  XX xxxC General Elective 3 0 3
¥ Students whose placement test scores suggest difficulty with lengthy and complex assignments are strongly advised to complete the program in 3 or more years.
# Indicates major field courses.
+ BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C, and PHYS 100C do not meet this requirement.
++ Any course with a prefix of ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC or SOCI (except HIST 104C and HIST 105C).
^ All students taking the following courses ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C, ECE 188C and ECE 215C will be charged a $25 Child and Family Development Center Lab fee for each class.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Child and Family Development Center, NHTI, Concord, NH
Concord Early Head Start, Concord, NH
Concord Head Start, Concord, NH
East Side Learning Center, Concord, NH
Franklin Head Start, Franklin, NH
The Learning Center at Concord Hospital, Concord, NH
Live and Learn, Lee, NH

Rumford School, Concord, NH
Woodside Preschool and Child Care, Concord, NH

Curriculum for students entering program in 2018-19.
The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Early Childhood Education will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The vision of the Child and Family Studies (CFS) Department at NHTI is “Teaching, Learning, and Practice with Quality and Joy!” The faculty of the CFS department view teaching as both an emotional and intellectual process. They aim to develop within students the ability to be curious observers of children and to be thoughtful educators who develop knowledge with children through interactive learning and play.

Faculty value intellectual challenge as a key component in developing teachers who will combine research and experience to discover answers to their questions about how children learn. Students are encouraged to share their theories about childhood through discussion, writing, projects, and use of technology. The family is valued as the first and most important teacher, and students practice forming strong relationships with families in order to support the child. The Early Childhood Education curriculum has been developed to support these beliefs. The curriculum also follows the standards in the Guidelines for Early Childhood Education Programs in Associate Degree Granting Institutions as set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The degree meets the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level 5. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.) Graduates are prepared for immediate entry as competent professionals into the field of early childhood education as teachers in NH licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, family child care programs, and as paraeducators in elementary schools. Graduates may also decide to further their education at four year colleges.

Courses are offered day and evening.  This program, along with the Early Childhood Education Certificate and Advanced Certificate Programs, is now also available 100% online.  Find out if online learning is right for you.

All early childhood (ECE) courses except ECE 290 require a weekly child care lab component where students will actively engage with young children to make connections between theory and practice, to carry out class assignments, and to learn through observation and play.  Students taking concurrent courses can use the same lab time for all courses.  Students in practicum may use their practicum site as their lab hours for other courses taken concurrently with practicum.  Faculty encourage students to complete their degree in a time frame that allows them to be most successful. 

Program Requirements

Day Students:

  1. Lab Hours - All day students will spend designated hours each week with infants, toddlers, preschoolers or kindergartners at the Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) campus lab school while taking early childhood classes. These hours will be considered a component of class participation and additional lab use fee applies. The practicum site may act as the lab for ECE classes taken concurrently with practicum.
  2. Applicants are advised that the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing requires certain paperwork to be on file for employees and others who regularly work in child care centers. Upon acceptance into the program, students must complete this paperwork before they participate with the children at the CDFC. This paperwork includes:
    • a complete set of electronic fingerprints completed by the Department of Safety;
    • submission of a criminal record check; the background check must come back as clear or non-disqualifying; please note that the cost associated with completion of the fingerprinting and criminal record check is the responsibility of the student;
    • completion of the licensing Child Care Personnel Health Form by a licensed health provider indicating that the student is in good physical health and has no mental or emotional disturbances that would prohibit him/her from caring for children in a group setting;
    • signed CFDC confidentiality form;
    • signed Health, Character, and Technical Standards form; and
    • related CFDC lab paperwork.
  3. Day students must have their own transportation to and from NHTI approved practicum sites in their senior year. (Students living on campus without transportation may complete their practicum at the CFDC.)
  4. Students must have a flexible schedule that allows them to spend weekday mornings and/or afternoons at their practicum site while taking classes. There are no evening or weekend practicum placements. Students should be prepared to plan any work hours around their course schedule (including child care lab and practicum hours) knowing that these hours will change each semester.
  5. All students must have access to a digital camera and video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.
  6. All students must have access to Microsoft Office Student or higher. 

Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child care:

  1. Lab Hours - Evening students who are working full-time in a licensed child care facility may use their workplace for their lab hours and additional CFDC lab video viewing fee applies . Students must be able to complete their school responsibilities during their work hours.
  2. Applicants are advised that the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing requires certain paperwork to be on file at centers for employees and others who regularly work in child care centers. Upon acceptance into the program, evening students working full time in child care will be sent paperwork to complete and return to the Department Head before starting classes. The paperwork must be completed by the end of the first week of classes and will include the following:
    • signed confidentiality form;
    • signed Health, Character, and Technical Standards form;
    • a checklist completed by the director of the child care program indicating that the student is a full-time employee of the facility, will be allowed to carry out class assignments in the program, will provide record-keeping and conduct video-taping as required by the program, has completed fingerprinting and has a clear or non-disqualifying criminal background check, and has a completed Child Care Personnel Health Form indicating that the student is in good physical health and has no mental or emotional disturbances that would prohibit him/her from caring for children in a group setting on file at the program; and
    • copies of signed NHTI photo/video releases from parents/guardians in the classroom where the student will complete assignments.
  3. Students always learn more when they complete their practicum in a site different from their workplace. If this is impossible, evening students who work full time in child care may request in writing to do their practicum at their workplace. All related paperwork must be completed to begin this process.
  4. All students must have access to a digital camera and video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.
  5. All students must have access to Microsoft Office Student or higher.

Evening Students Not Working in Child Care:
Please see the requirements listed under Day Students.

Late afternoon or early morning Lab Hours can be scheduled at the CFDC to help accommodate work schedules. Please be advised that when taking practicum, 8 hours each week (at a minimum) must be planned for the fall and spring semesters. These hours must be when children are actively engaged in the curriculum of the day and must happen over the course of at least two different days each week. Evening students who are working full-time in a job outside of the field will need to have this flexibility with hours.

Non-matriculated Students
Non-matriculated students taking early childhood classes must complete all appropriate paperwork.  Students not working in child care must follow steps 2-6 under the Day Students section above.  Students who are working in child care must follow the guidelines listed under Evening Students Working Full-time in Child Care.

100% On-Line Early Childhood Students:
Lab Hours - 100% on-line students living in the Concord, NH area may carry out lab hours at the CFDC. Please follow guidelines 2 - 6 under Day Students as well. 100% on-line students must have access to a digital camera and a video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.

100% on-line students working full time in child care should follow the guidelines under Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child Care.

100% on-line students not working full time in child care and living at a distance from the NHTI campus which prohibits coming to the CFDC will need to find a child care setting in which to carry out lab hours and practicum. The child care center must be licensed (preferably NAEYC accredited) and have been in operation for at least 3 years. Then follow guidelines 2 - 5 under Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child Care (excluding the full-time status if not applicable).

Out-of-state students who are taking classes 100% on-line will need to complete their state’s fingerprinting and background check, complete their state’s child health care form, and complete any other paperwork that is required by child care licensing in their state.

The CFS department cannot award a degree unless faculty have seen you working effectively with young children in practicum. Thus, 100% on-line students will be video-taping themselves in action with young children during practicum to share with their practicum teachers on-line.

Please check out the on-line learning information to see if you are a good candidate for an on-line class.

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Specific Admission Requirements

  1. NHTI placement testing (see NOTE below); and
  2. Satisfactory interview with Child and Family Studies program faculty

NOTE: Applicants whose placement scores indicate the need for ENGL 100C and/or RDNG 100C or who have a low LASSI score may enroll as ECE* students within the General Studies program. ECE* students:

  1. are advised by Child and Family Studies faculty;
  2. begin their first semester of study with ENGL 100C and/or RNDG 100C along with GST 102C (Study Strategies);
  3. observe and participate at the campus Lab School with children to become familiar with the environment, children, and teaching staff for a period of not less than 15 hours. Documented hours will be sent from the Lab School to the Department Head of Child and Family Studies for consideration towards matriculation into the Early Childhood Education program;
  4. complete a Change of Program Form to formally matriculate as an Early Childhood Education major upon successful completion of their first semester.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Health Considerations
Candidates for positions and careers in early childhood education are encouraged to explore health requirements associated with employment in child care, preschool and related settings for young children. Prospective students with special needs requiring accommodations that may affect their practicum placement and/or potential employment prospects are encouraged to discuss their specific career goals with the department head during the admissions process, particularly if the candidate is concerned about meeting the program's academic and technical standards. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance starting each school year. The students will be billed directly.

Character Expectations
The health and safety of young children is of paramount concern to the Department of Child and Family Studies. Applicants for positions in childcare, preschools and many other early childhood programs in New Hampshire should be aware that background checks and fingerprinting through the New Hampshire Department of Safety must be completed by potential employers prior to employment. To participate in NHTI's practica, students must first submit to background checks and fingerprinting.

Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants are advised that such matters will be discussed during the admissions interview, to minimize the likelihood that future goals will be compromised.

Technical Standards
Technical Standards have been established to provide guidance to students as to skills and abilities required to function successfully in the program and ultimately in the Early Childhood Education profession. Applicants who feel they may not be able to meet one or more of the technical standards should contact department faculty to discuss individual cases. The Department of Early Childhood Education will seriously consider all academically qualified candidates provided that the technical standards can be met with or without reasonable accommodations. No essential technical standards will be waived or modified.

Students in Early Childhood Education must have sufficient strength, stamina, motor coordination and sensory capabilities to perform the following:

  • Standing for sustained periods of time, walking, running, bending, and sitting on the floor to meet children's needs and accomplish tasks;
  • Frequent lifting, moving and transferring children, especially infants and toddlers;
  • Sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment; and ability to respond quickly to children, colleagues, and professional partners in the event of emergency;
  • Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as to interpret important instructions to children, colleagues, professional partners, and parents;
  • Sufficient skills in written expression to accurately record children's daily progress and milestones as well as medications administered, accident and suspected child abuse/neglect reports, etc.;
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations including situations requiring immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange; to demonstrate safe and required care for children, families, colleagues and the workplace as a whole; and to cope with substantial variations in workload and stress levels;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes and practica in a timely manner;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills and time management in classes and at the practicum site;
  • Ability to respond to children's personal needs, including changing diapers, in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of the student, children, and staff;
  • Ability to work in a professional and respectful manner with a diverse range of children including children of different races, cultures, religions, and ethnicities as well as children with a wide range of disabling conditions;
  • Ability to abide by NHTI's student conduct code;
  • Ability to maintain proper boundaries in both the school and home environments; and
  • Ability and disposition to adhere to and practice the Code of Ethical Conduct set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

NHTI reserves the right to amend its technical standards at any time and impose them on all current students.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program
The Community College System of NH partners with the NH Department of Health & Human Services to offer tuition assistance to child care providers who are entering or are currently in the field of Early Care and Education. If you provide family child care, or work at least part time in a child care setting in New Hampshire, you may be eligible to receive tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered through the CCSNH. Additional information may be accessed here.

Program Completion Information

Diana Menard
Early Childhood
Education Dept. Head

(603) 271-6484 x4281

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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