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
Woodside Preschool and Child Care, Concord, NH

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

The early childhood curriculum has been developed to intellectually challenge developing teachers who will combine research and experience to discover answers to their questions about how young children learn.  Students are encouraged to share their discoveries about learning through discussion, writing, projects, and use of technology.  Children’s families are valued as the first and most important teacher, and students practice forming strong relationships with families in order to support the child.  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 (NAEYC).

Graduates are prepared for immediate entry as competent professionals into the field of early childhood education as teachers in NH licensed or NAEYC accredited child care centers, Head Start or Early Head Start programs, family child care, and as Para educators in elementary schools.  Graduates may also decide to further their education at a four-year college for Pre-K – Grade 3 teacher certification or in other areas of the early childhood field.

NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Higher Education ProgramThe Early Childhood Education Degree program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


The Child and Family Studies Department at NHTI, Concord’s Community College is a hands-on, project-centered, competency and evidence based program that facilitates the growth of future teachers and leaders who are preparing to work with children, families, and communities.


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.

ECE Conceptual Framework Visual Representation

All early childhood (ECE) courses, except ECE 290C, 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 active play.  Students taking concurrent courses can use the same lab time for all courses.  Students completing practicum may use their practicum site as their lab hours for other courses taken concurrent with practicum.

Courses are offered day and evening.  This program, along with the Early Childhood Education Certificate and Advanced Certificate Programs, is also available 100% online.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Promote child development and learning
  2. Build family and community relationships
  3. Observe, document and asses to support young children and families
  4. Use developmentally effective aproaches
  5. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  6. Become a professional
  7. Have a variety of Early childhood field experiences

This degree meets the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Teacher Credential (Level 5).  

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Specific Admission Requirements

  1. NHTI placement testing for degree students only.

Practicum Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on leaning with simultaneously receiving credit.  Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not place 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 judgement, 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.

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.

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Diana Menard
Early Childhood
Education Dept. Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4281

Shaunna Babcock
Early Childhood

(603) 271-6484 x4192

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

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