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Early Childhood Education

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The Associates Degree and Certificate in Early Childhood Education provide the theoretical studies and practical experiences that prepare the graduate to care for and teach children from infancy through age eight in a variety of early childhood education and care settings. Graduates may be qualified for employment opportunities in child development and child care programs, preschools, nurseries, head start, after school programs, educationand private kindergartens. Degree graduates may be also be eligible for employment as a paraprofessional in the public school setting in grades kindergarten through third grade. For students looking to pursue an education beyond the Associate Degree, the degree program is designed to provide transferability to bachelor degree programs in Early Childhood Education. Students work closely with their academic advisor for proper course selection and sequencing to prepare for transferability.

The Early Childhood Education degree and certificate course curriculum follows the standards of the National Association of the Education of the Young Child Degree standards for Preparing Early Childhood Professionals. The degree also provides general education courses that offer the student the opportunity to develop an understanding and knowledge of concepts and skills that support the development of the educated person. Supervised practicum field experience provide direct experience with the young child in an early childhood setting. Future early childhood teachers are encouraged to gain extended practical experience with young children by completing Service Learning opportunities offered in many of the courses.

Students in this program are advised that to participate in the practicum field experience, and to gain employment working with young children, they must be free of criminal convictions as required by the NH Bureau of Child Care Licensing and the NH Department of Education. It is now required that students complete the finger-printing process through State Police or DMV. Candidates must also have a current health form in order to participate in the ECE practicum field experience. The student may incur fees in meeting these requirements.

The college must insure that students in the program do not put themselves or children in jeopardy during the practicum field experience. Students must demonstrate sufficient emotional and physical stability to withstand the stresses of ever-changing circumstances and have the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected child-related events. Students will be required to adhere to the NAEYC Ethical Code of Professional Conduct with regard to interpersonal relationships with teachers, fellow students, children and their families.

An interview with the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator or the Education Department Chair is required for admission into the program.

ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
EDUN101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
EDUN102 Growth & Development of the Young Child 3 0 3
BCPN101 Computer Technology and Applications 3 0 3
LEXN101 First Year Experience 1 0 1
General Education: Group E Elective* 3 0 3/4
EDUN103 Safe Healthy ECE Programs 3 0 3
EDUN104 Curriculum for Early Childhood Care & Education 3 0 3
EDUN105 Children with Special Needs and their Families 3 0 3
PSYN101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
General Education: Group B Elective 3 2 4
EDUN190 Early Childhood Education Practicum I 1 8 3
EDUN200 Programs for Infants and Toddlers 3 0 3
EDUN204 Behavior Guidance and Classroom Management 3 0 3
EDUN215 Creativity and the Young Child 3 0 3
General Education: Group A Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group F or G Elective 3 0 3
EDUN203 Emerging Literacy in Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
EDUN290 Early Childhood Education Capstone Course 1 8 3
EDUN230 The ECE Profession and the ECE Portfolio 1 0 1
General Education: Group D Elective* 3 0 3
General Education: Group F or G Elective* 3 0 3
EDUN201 Organization and Management in Early Childhood Education - OR - 3 0 3
General Education: Group C Elective* 3 0 3
Total 67/68 Credits  

This degree meets requirements for State of New Hampshire DHHS Child Development Bureau credential of
Lead Teacher Level 2.

* Students are advised to meet with their advisor to make appropriate elective selections based on their career goals and to facilitate the broadest range of transferability.

Program Outcomes