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Early Childhood Education

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGC102 College Composition I (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
SCICxxx Science Elective 2/3 3 3/4
EDUC101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
EDUC102 The Growth and Development of the Young Child 3 0 3
HSVC120 Learning and Behavior 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
MTHCxxx Mathematics Elective (Accuplacer) 4 0 4
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
XXXXxxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
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
EDUC105 Children With Special Needs and Their Families
(EDUC102)
3 0 3
Fall Semester (year 2)
XXXXxxx General Education Elective 3 0 3
HUMC110 The Humanities in Western Culture 3 0 3
EDUC203 Early Language & Literacy Development(EDUC102) 3 0 3

EDUC190

 

 

EDUC191

Practicum I
(EDUC101, EDUC102, EDUC103, EDUC104 or Permission of Program Director)

OR

Work Experience Practicum I (EDUC101, EDUC102, EDUC103, & EDUC104 or PPD*)

1

 

 

1

0

 

 

0

3

 

 

3

HSVC123 Supportive Communication Skills 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3 0 3
ENGC286 Children's Literature
(ENGC102)
3 0 3

EDUC200

 

EDUC206

Developmentally Appropriate Programs for Infants and Toddlers (EDUC102 or PPD*)

OR

Developmentally Appropriate Programs for the School Age Child

3

 

3

0

 

0

3

 

3

EDUC201 Organization and Management in Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
EDUC220 Practicum Seminar
(EDUC190 or EDUC191; co-requisite EDUC290 or EDUC291)
2 0 2

EDUC290

 

 

EDUC291

Practicum II (EDUC190 or EDUC191 minimum grade of C; co-requisite EDUC220)

OR

Work Experience Practicum II (EDUC190 or EDUC191 minimum grade of C; co-requisite EDUC220)

0

 

 

0

0

 

 

0

3

 

 

3

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

*Permission of Program Director

Associate in Science Degree

 

(Day/Evening Program)

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). (Additional information about these standards is available at

www. naeyc.org, NAEYC's web site.  Programmatic learning objectives are available on the Early Childhood Education program pages on the web site and in the program's student handbook. 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. In addition, graduates of the program are prepared for continued study beyond the associate degree. More information on transfer options and articulation agreements is available through the program director. 

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 all associated fees. Students are also responsible 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. Please see the full Criminal Background Check Policy in the Admissions section of the catalog.

Applicants seeking admission to the Early Childhood Education Programs who believe they may have difficulty with a state registry and criminal records check are advised to contact the New Hampshire Bureau of Child Care Licensing (1-800-852-3345) prior to matriculation.