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Early Childhood Education

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester
EDUC101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
EDUC102 The Growth and Development of the Young Child 3 0 3
Spring Semester
EDUC103 Health, Safety, and Nutrition For The Young child 3 0 3
EDUC104 Curriculum For Early Childhood Care and Education
(EDUC101, EDUC102 or PPD*)
3 0 3

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

*Permission of the Program Director

Level I Certificate

For more information about this program, please contact Kerry Belknap-Morris. 603-542-7744 x5411.

A career working with young children offers the opportunity to influence young lives as they grow and develop. Students are prepared to be competent Early Childhood professionals who can provide a nurturing environment with a strong understanding of the ways in which children grow and learn. Students learn to provide care and education that is developmentally appropriate. The Early Childhood Education Program focuses on young children, birth through age 8 years, and their families.

The Early Childhood Education Program combines theory and practical experience. The curriculum follows standards for professional preparation as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the field. Alumni of the program are employed in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, the following: child care centers, Head Start programs, laboratory schools, parent cooperatives, and after-school programs.

The applicant for the Early Childhood Education Program should meet the general requirements for admission to the College. In addition, the applicant should possess strong interpersonal communication skills. This program may take more than 2 years to complete. Courses may be taken at the Keene Academic Center. The Early Childhood Education Level I and Level II Certificates may be combined with other programs at the College for a dual degree option.

Practicum I and Practicum II placements are arranged by the Program Director. Students are required to have both professional liability and health insurance during these placements. Student plans may be purchased through the College. In addition, most practicum sites will require written records of criminal background checks and physical examination. Students are responsible for providing the practicum site with appropriate documentation and for completing any required orientation meeting and activities prior to the beginning of their practicum hours. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the practicum site.