Young Children with Autism and Exceptionalities Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
Fall Semester
ECE 101C Growth and Development of the Young Child^ 3 0 3
ECE 225C Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 0 3
Spring Semester
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
Fall Semester*
ECE 282C Preschool Special Education Practicum 2 7 4
EDU 201C Legal Issues in Education 3 0 3
Spring Semester*
ECE 242C Child, Family, and Community 3 0 3
ECE 283C Early Intervention Practicum 2 7 4

*Indicates only one option is necessary for completion of the certificate.  Student, along with the advisor, will decide which practicum option the student will complete. 

^ All students taking the following courses ECE 101C and ECE 167C 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 Young Children with Autism and Exceptionalities program, under the auspices of the Child and Family Studies department, trains students to work specifically with very young children from birth to age 8 with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs or with those children who may be at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Students will learn about individual differences in both typically and atypically developing young children. Students will work collaboratively as a part of various transdisciplinary teams and implement the activities that have been developed as part of a child's Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP). Students will learn how to provide early supports and services to young children in natural environments such as the home or a child care program while valuing and supporting the family as the expert on the child. The courses in the Autism Early Intervention Support Certificate program meet the training and education requirements for the State of NH credential of Associate Teacher Level 4. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.)

This program is available days and evenings. This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office. Students working in licensed child care programs in NH may also apply for tuition assistance made possible through funding from the NH DHHS, DCYF, Child Development Bureau.

The course layout shown here is typical for a full time day student. Contact the Department Chair for typical layout of a part time evening schedule.

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.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program

The Community College System of NH partners with the NH Department of Health & Human Services, Child Development Bureau 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 licensed child care setting in New Hampshire, you may be eligible to receive tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered through CCSNH. Additional information may be accessed here.

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 chair 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 Child and Familiy Studies 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.

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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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