Early Childhood Education Certificate

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
ECE 188C Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education^ 3 0 3
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 242C Child, Family and Community 3 0 3

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

^ All students taking the following courses ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C and ECE 188C will be charged a $25 Child and Family Development Center Lab fee for each class.

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

If you are interested in a career that meets a Lead Teacher requirement, as outlined in New Hampshire’s Child Care Program Licensing Rules, then this certificate is the place to start.   You will take 6 courses that will provide you with a solid foundation to work with young children and their families.  As a student, accepted into this certificate, you will be eligible for financial aid.  In addition, if you are currently working at least 20 hours/week in the early childhood field, you may be eligible for the Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program (see below) available through a partnership with Granite State College and the Division of Children Youth & Families, Department of Health and Human Resources.  The courses in this certificate can be applied to our Advanced Certificate or our Associate degree.

The courses in the Early Childhood Education Certificate meet the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level 4. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.) The Early Childhood Education Certificate program is available days and evenings. This program, along with the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree and Advanced Certificate Programs, is now also available 100% online.

This program is financial aid eligible.

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.

Day and evening students not currently working in child care will spend two hours each week working with infants, toddlers, or preschoolers at the NHTI campus child care center, the Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) while taking early childhood classes. These hours will be considered a component of class participation and additional lab use fee applies. 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. Students must complete this paperwork before they participate with the children at the CFDC. This paperwork may include:

  • 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.

Students who work full time in child care may use their own workplace instead of the CFDC to carry out homework assignments with children. Completion of all related paperwork at the worksite will be verified.

100% on-line students not working in child care must connect with a licensed child care center (preferably NAEYC accredited and in operation for at least 3 years) to carry out their homework assignments with children. All related paperwork must be completed.

All students must have access to a digital camera and video-capturing device to complete homework assignments. All students must have access to Microsoft Office Student or higher.

After completing the certificate, students may continue on to the degree program.

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.

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
Early Childhood
Education Dept. Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4281

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

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