|Course Number||Course Title||CL||LAB||CR|
|FIRST YEAR ¥|
|#||EC 101||Growth and Development of the Young Child* ^||3||0||3|
|#||EC 141||Curriculum and Environments 1^||3||0||3|
|#||EC 155||Using Children's Literature to Support Young Children's Language and Literacy Development^||3||0||3|
|EN 101||English Composition||4||0||4|
|PY 105||Introduction to Psychology||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 215||Infant/Toddler Development and Programming^||4||0||4|
|IT 102||PC Applications||3||0||3|
|MT 120||Topics in Applied College Mathematics||4||0||4|
|#||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||2||5||3|
|EN xxx||English Elective||3||0||3|
|XX xxx||Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective||3||0||3|
|XX xxx||General Education Elective||3||0||3|
|#||EC 270||Teaching Young Children with Exceptionalities||3||0||3|
|#||EC 276||Practicum 2 - Exploring Teaching: Implementing Responsive Emergent Curriculum||2||10||5|
|#||EC 288||The Early Childhood Professional||3||0||3|
|SO xxx||Social Science Elective++||3||0||3|
|XX xxx||Lab Science Elective+||3||2||4|
|Program Cost Estimate|
¥ 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.
+ BI 100, CH 100, and PH 100 do not meet this requirement.
++ Any course with a prefix of AN, EO, HI, PS, PY or SO (except HI 104 and HI 105).
* EC 101: Following consultation with the Department Head of the Early Childhood Education program, students may alternatively meet the requirement for EC 101 by completion of both EC 100 and EC 101X with grades of “C” or higher. Students choosing this option should be aware that an additional credit is required (i.e., EC 101 carries 3 credits; EC 100 and EC 101X each carry 2 credits, for a total of 4 credits).
^All students taking the following courses EC 101, EC 141, EC 142, EC 155, ECE 167 and EC 215 will be charged $25 a Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) Lab fee for each class.
CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PRACTICUM SITES
Curriculum for students entering program in 2014-15.
The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Early Childhood Education will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.
The vision of the Child and Family Studies (CFS) Department at NHTI is “Teaching, Learning, and Practice with Quality and Joy!” The faculty of the CFS department view teaching as both an emotional and intellectual process. They aim 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.
Faculty value intellectual challenge as a key component in developing teachers who will combine research and experience to discover answers to their questions about how children learn. Students are encouraged to share their theories about childhood through discussion, writing, projects, and use of technology. The family is valued as the first and most important teacher, and students practice forming strong relationships with families in order to support the child. The Early Childhood Education curriculum has been developed to support these beliefs. 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.
The degree meets the training and education requirements for the State of NH Early Childhood Teacher Credential Level 5. (Refer to the Early Childhood Professional Development System Guide for other criteria for this level.) Graduates are prepared for immediate entry as competent professionals into the field of early childhood education as teachers in NH licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, family child care programs, and as paraeducators in elementary schools. Graduates may also decide to further their education at four year colleges.
Courses are offered day and evening. This program is now also available 100% online. FInd out if online learning is right for you.
All early childhood (EC) courses except EC 288 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 play. Students taking concurrent courses can use the same lab time for all courses. Students in practicum may use their practicum site as their lab hours for other courses taken concurrently with practicum. Faculty encourage students to complete their degree in a time frame that allows them to be most successful. For typical day students who are also working part-time, 5 or 6 semesters often works best. Evening or on-line students working full time can typically plan on a longer time frame.
Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child care:
Evening Students Not Working in Child Care:
Please see the requirements listed under Day Students. These apply to evening students not working in child care.
Late afternoon or early morning Lab Hours can be scheduled at the CFDC to help accommodate work schedules. Please be advised that when taking practicum, 5 hours each week (at a minimum) must be planned for the fall semester and 10 hours (at a minimum) each week must be planned for the spring semester. These hours must be when children are actively engaged in the curriculum of the day and must happen over the course of at least two different days each week. Evening students who are working full-time in a job outside of the field will need to have this flexibility with hours.
Non-matriculated students taking early childhood classes must complete all appropriate paperwork. Students not working in child care must follow steps 2-6 under the Day Students section above. Students who are working in child care must follow the guidelines listed under Evening Students Working Full-time in Child Care.
100% On-Line Early Childhood Students:
Lab Hours - 100% on-line students living in the Concord, NH area may carry out lab hours at the CFDC. Please follow guidelines 2 - 6 under Day Students as well. 100% on-line students must have access to a digital camera and a video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.
100% on-line students working full time in child care should follow the guidelines under Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child Care.
100% on-line students not working full time in child care and living at a distance from the NHTI campus which prohibits coming to the CFDC will need to find a child care setting in which to carry out lab hours and practicum. The child care center must be licensed (preferably NAEYC accredited) and have been in operation for at least 3 years. Then follow guidelines 2 - 5 under Evening Students Working Full-Time in Child Care (excluding the full-time status if not applicable).
Out-of-state students who are taking classes 100% on-line 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.
The CFS department cannot award a degree unless faculty have seen you working effectively with young children in practicum. Thus, 100% on-line students will be video-taping themselves in action with young children during practicum to share with their practicum teachers on-line.
Please check out the on-line learning information to see if you are a good candidate for an on-line class.
Specific Admission Requirements
NOTE: Applicants whose placement scores indicate the need for English 100 or Reading 100 or who have a low LASSI score may matriculate as EC* students. EC * students:
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 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 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.
Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program
The Community College System of NH partners with the NH Department of Health & Human Services 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 receive tuition assistance for Early Childhood Education courses offered through the CCSNH. Additional information may be accessed here.