|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|EC 101||Growth and Development of the Young Child||3||0||3|
|EC 141||Curriculum and Environments I||3||0||3|
|EC 155||Using Children's Literature to Support Young Children's Language and Literacy Development||3||0||3|
|EC 142||Curriculum and Environments 2||3||0||3|
|EC 167||Positive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors||4||0||4|
|EC 270||Teaching Young Children with Exceptionalities||3||0||3|
|EC 188||Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education||3||0||3|
|EC 242||Child, Family and Community||3||0||3|
|EC 275||Practicum 1 - Observation, Interpretation, Assessment and Portfolio Documentation||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
Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.
Some students decide to begin their program of studies with the Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate Program. It offers more early childhood courses than the basic certificate as well as a supervised practicum experience. Students must be matriculated students in order to participate in the practicum. To matriculate, please see Specific Admissions Requirements below. Upon completion of the Advanced Certificate, students may move on to the degree program if desired.
The courses in the Early Childhood Education Advanced 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 Advanced Certificate program is available days, evenings, and 100% online. FInd out if online learning is right for you. This program is financial aid eligible.
Specific Admission Requirements
Day and evening students not currently working in child care will spend one and a half 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. 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:
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 advanced certificate, students may continue on to the degree program.
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 the CCSNH. Additional information may be accessed here. Additional information may be accessed here.
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.
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 head 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.
The health and safety of young children is of paramount concern to the Department of Early Childhood Education. 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 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 Early Childhood Education 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:
NHTI reserves the right to amend its technical standards at any time and impose them on all current students.