This nine-credit certificate qualifies a student to enter the workforce as an associate teacher. The courses in the Early Childhood Education Entry Level Certificate meet the education requirements for the State of NH Child Care Licensing Rules for an Associate Teacher in many child care settings. This program, along with the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree and Advanced Certificate, and Certificate Programs, is also available 100% online. Although this program is not financial aid eligible students have the opportunity to apply for the Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program to help cover the cost of their tuition.

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 an understanding of developmentally effective approaches which emphasize positive relationships and supportive interactions to influence outcomes for individual children.
  3. 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 Entry Level Professional Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
Fall Semester
ECE 101CGrowth and Development of the Young Child^303
ECE 167CPositive Behavior Guidance and Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors^303
And one of the following:
ECE 143CTeaching and Learning STEAM^303
ECE 155CUsing Children’s Literature to Support Young Children’s Language and Literacy Development^303
ECE 188CHealth, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education^303
ECE 215CInfant/Toddler Development and Programming303
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, ECE 188C, ECE 215C will be charged a $25 Child and Family Development Center Lab fee for each class.

Program Specific Requirements

  1. Lab Hours – All students will spend designated hours each week with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergarteners while taking early childhood courses.  These hours will be considered a component of class participation and additional CFDC lab video viewing fee applies or the following classes taken (ECE 101C, ECE 143C, ECE 155C, ECE 167C, ECE 188C, and ECE 215C).  NHTI has an NAEYC accredited child care center/lab school (The Child and Family Development Center) to meet the needs of these required lab hours.  All students are expected to use the Child and Family Development Center unless they work full-time in a licensed child care center or are 100% online and live at a distance from the NHTI campus that prohibits coming to the CFDC. (CFDC lab video viewing fee still applies)
  2. Upon acceptance into the program, students must complete the following paperwork (either for participation at CFDC or documentation from their placement in an approved child care center – working full time or 100% online):
  • A complete set of electronic fingerprints completed by the Department of Safety;
  • Submission of a criminal record check, the background check must come back 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 confidentiality form
  • 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;
  • Other related documents distributed by the Department Chair

*Out of state students who are taking classes 100% online 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.

  1. Students must have their own transportation to and from NHTI approved practicum sites in their senior year (students living on campus without transportation may complete their practicum at the CFDC.)
  2. Students must have a flexible schedule that allows them to spend weekday mornings and/or afternoons at their practicum site while taking classes.  There are no evening or weekend practicum placements.  Students should be prepared to plan any work hours around their course schedule (including child care lab and practicum hours) knowing that these hours will change each semester.
  3. All students must have access to a digital camera and video-capturing device to complete homework assignments.  The CFS department cannot award a degree unless faculty have seen students working effectively with young children in practicum.  100% online students will be video-taping themselves in action with young children during practicum to share with their practicum teachers on-line.

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.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship Program

The Community College System of New Hampshire partners with Granite State College to offer tuition assistance to child care providers are entering or are currently working in the field of Early Care and Education. Eligible individuals must be working at least 20 hours per week. The courses in the Early Childhood Education 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 Education Certificate program is available days, evenings, and online and is financial aid eligible. For more information, contact Diana Menard, Department Chair of Child and Family Studies, at (603) 271-6484 x4281 or dmenard@ccsnh.edu.


of students qualify for financial aid