Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities Degree

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
# ECE 101C Growth and Development of the Young Child* ^ 3 0 3
# ECE 155C Using Children's Literature to Support Young Children's Language and Literacy Development^ 3 0 3
  ENGL 101C English Composition 4 0 4
  MATH 120C Quantitative Reasoning 4 0 4
Spring Semester
  ASL 104C American Sign Language for Beginners 3 0 3
# ECE143C Teaching and Learning STEAM^ 3 0 3
# ECE 167C Positive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors^ 3 0 3
# ECE 270C Teaching Young Children with Exceptionalities 3 0 3
  PSYC 105C Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Fall Semester
# ECE 225C Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 0 3
# ECE 282C Preschool Special Education Practicum 2 7 4
  ENGL 120MC Communications or
  ENGL xxxC Literature Elective 3 0 3
  XX xxxC General Elective (EDU 201C or EDU 204C suggested) 3 0 3
  XX xxxC Social Science Elective ++ 3 0 3
Spring Semester
# ECE 215C Infant/Toddler Development and Programming^ 3 0 3
# ECE 242C Child, Family and Community 3 0 3
# ECE 283C Early Intervention Practicum * 2 7 4
# ECE 290C Early Childhood Leadership Seminar 1 0 1
  XX xxxC Lab Science Elective+ 4 0 4
#  Indicates major field courses.
¥  Students whose placement test scores suggest difficulty with lengthy and complex assignments are strongly advised to complete the program in 3 or more years.
+  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).
* NOTE: The two practica for this degree can be offered in both the fall and spring semesters.  Course sequence will change depending on the semester in which students take each practicum.  Students will work closely with their advisor to assure appropriate course sequence for each practicum.
^ All students taking the following courses ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C 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

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.
The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The Associate Degree in Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities (EYCD) will prepare students to begin working in the growing field of early intervention and early childhood special education (birth – 8 years). This degree responds to the increased diagnosis of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the need for qualified professionals to implement one to one instruction and therapeutic programs in various settings. This EYCD degree builds on the Autism Early Intervention Support Certificate so that graduates will be able to help improve educational outcomes for young children with other special educational needs, developmental delays, or low-incidence disabilities through additional courses and practicum experiences with children aged birth to three years and children aged three to five years.

All first year early childhood (EC) courses require a two hour weekly lab component where students will actively engage with young children and their families to make connections between theory and practice, to carry out class assignments, and to learn through observation and play. (Please see individual course descriptions for second year ECE courses to see the child/family/program participation requirements for each course.) Faculty encourage students to complete their degree in a time frame that allows them to be most successful. For typical day students who are also working part-time, 5 or 6 semesters often works best. Evening or on-line students working full time can typically plan on a longer time frame.


The faculty and teaching staff of the CFS department view teaching as both an emotional and intellectual process.  The program aims 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.

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Graduates are prepared for immediate entry as competent professionals to work in a variety of early childhood settings including Family Centered Early Supports and Services or other early intervention teams, public schools, licensed child care centers, Early Head Start, Head Start, as well as home-based, community-based, or private settings. Some roles in these settings could include intake coordinator, *autism educational assistant, *home visitor, lead teacher in childcare, or *1-1 support aide/paraprofessional. Students wishing to pursue other opportunities in early intervention or early childhood special education may further their education at a four year college/university. The degree also meets the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Professional Development System credential of NH Early Childhood Teacher, Level 5. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.) The degree is offered both face-to-face and online.

*Actual job titles may vary depending on job position and placement.

Program Requirements

  1. Lab Hours – All students will spend designated hours each week with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners while taking early childhood courses.  These hours will be considered a component of class participation and additional CFDC lab video viewing fee applies for the following classes taken (ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C, ECE 188C, and ECE 215C).  NHTI has an NAEYC accredited child care center/lab school (The Child and Family Development Center) to meet the needs of these required lab hours.  All students are expected to use the Child and Family Development Center unless they work full-time in a licensed child care center or are 100% online and live at a distance from the NHTI campus that prohibits coming to the CFDC. (CFDC lab video viewing fee still applies)
  2. Upon acceptance into the program, students must complete the following paperwork (either for participation at CFDC or documentation from their placement in an approved child care center – working full time or 100% online):
  • A complete set of electronic fingerprints completed by the Department of Safety;
  • Submission of a criminal record check, the background check must come back 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 confidentiality form
  • Student must be aware of the Health, Character, and Techical Standards required for this program (here in PDF), and must sign this document stating your understanding of what is required;
  • Other related documents distributed by the Department Chair

*Out of state students who are taking classes 100% online 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.

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. All students must have access to a digital camera and video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.  The CFS department cannot award a degree unless faculty have seen students working effectively with young children in practicum.  100% online students will be video-taping themselves in action with young children during practicum to share with their practicum teachers on-line.

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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 Chair 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.

Practicum Considerations
All students working towards an Associate in Science with a major in Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities will be expected to have flexible weekly schedules during both the 105-hour Early Intervention Practicum and 105-hour Preschool Special Education Practicum. Students, along with the assigned practicum supervisor at these sites will determine what the hours per week and daily schedule will be. This schedule may vary from week to week. It is not recommended to be working full time during practicum to account for this flexibility in scheduling. Please note: there are no evening, weekend, or summer practicum hours.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program

The Community College System of NH in partnership with the Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS)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 received tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered through the CCSNH. Additional information may be accessed here.

Student must be aware of the Health, Character, and Techical Standards required for this program (here in PDF), and must sign this document stating your understanding of what is required;

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

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Diana Menard
Department Chair
(603) 271-6484 x4281

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

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