Early Childhood Education

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester
ECE101R Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE102R Child Growth and Development 3 0 3
Spring Semester
ECE103R Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child  3 0 3
ECE104R Curriculum For Early Childhood Care and Education # 3 0 3
# - Co/prerequisites Required. See Course Descriptions.
Program of Study is subject to change.

*Permission of the Program Director

Level I Certificate

For more information about this program, please contact Kerry Belknap Morris at kmorris@ccsnh.edu or 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 College's 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.

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 longer 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 placements are arranged by the Program Director. Students are required to have professional liability insurance during these placements. In addition, most practicum sites will require a state registry and criminal records check and written records of a 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 meetings 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 and the Student Handbook.

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.


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