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.

If you are interested in a career working specifically with young children with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs or with children who may be at risk for developmental delays then this certificate is a great place to start. You will learn about individual differences in both typically and atypically developing young children, how to work collaboratively as part of various transdisciplinary teams, and how to provide early supports and services to young children in natural environments such as the home or child care program. In addition, if you are currently working at least 20 hours/week in the early childhood field, you may be eligible 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. All courses in this certificate can be applied to our Associate degree in Early Care and Education for Young Children with Disabilities.

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 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.

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.

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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