If you are interested in a career that meets a Lead Teacher requirement, as outlined in New Hampshire’s Child Care Program Licensing Rules, then this certificate is the place to start. You will take 6 courses that will provide you with a solid foundation to work with young children and their families. As a student, accepted into this certificate, you will be eligible for financial aid. In addition, if you are currently working at least 20 hours/week in the early childhood field, you may be eligible for 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. 

Completers will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child. 
  2. Demonstrate that they know about, understand, and value the importance of creating respectful, reciprocal relationships to support and empower families in their communities.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of developmentally effective approaches which emphasize positive relationships and supportive interactions to influence outcomes for individual children. 
  4. Demonstrate their ability to design, implement, and evaluate learning experiences that promote a wide range of academic disciplines to build meaningful curriculum.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ECE 101CGrowth and Development of the Young Child^303
ECE155CUsing Children’s Literature to Support Young Children’s Language and Literacy Development^303
ECE 188CHealth, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education^303
Spring Semester
ECE 143CTeaching and Learning STEAM^303
ECE 167CPositive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors^303
ECE 242CChild, Family and Community303
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

^ All students taking the following courses ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C and ECE 188C will be charged a $25 Child and Family Development Center Lab fee for each class.

Program Specific Requirements

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.

Student must be aware of the Health, Character, and Technical Standards required for this program 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.

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. 

Day and evening students not currently working in child care will spend two 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 and additional lab use fee applies. 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:

  • a complete set of electronic fingerprints completed by the Department of Safety;
  • submission of a criminal record check; the background check must come back as 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 CFDC confidentiality form;
  • Signed Health, Character, and Technical Standards form; and
  • Related CFDC lab paperwork.

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 certificate, students may continue on to the degree program.

  • Professor

    Shaunna Babcock, MEd

    Child and Family Studies
    Grappone 222
  • Adjunct Professor

    Katie Boissy, BS, MEd

    Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Sarah Henry, MEd

    Child and Family Studies | Child and Family Studies,Young Children with Autism and Exceptionalities Certificate | Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Maureen LaClair, BA

    Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Department Chair

    Diana Menard, MEd

    Child and Family Studies,Young Children with Autism and Exceptionalities Certificate
    Department Chair
    Grappone 221
  • Adjunct Professor

    Kimberly O’Donnell, MS

    Child and Family Studies | Child and Family Studies,Young Children with Autism and Exceptionalities Certificate | Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Theresa Peck, MA

    Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Stephanie Therrien, MEd

    Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Professor

    Amy Upton, BS

    Early Childhood Education
    Adjunct Professor