Early Childhood Education Degree

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ECE101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
ECE102 Child Growth and Development 3 0 3
HSV123R Supportive Communication Skills 3 0 3
MATHxxxR Mathematics Elective # 3/4 0 3/4
ENGL102 College Composition # 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
ECE103 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child 3 0 3
ECE104 Curriculum For Early Childhood Care and Education # 3 0 3
ECE105 Children With Special Needs and Their Families# 3 0 3
PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
XXXXxxxR Science Elective # 3/4 0 3/4
Fall Semester (year 2)
ECE120 Learning, Behavior & Positive Guidance 3 0 3
ECE203R Early Language & Literacy Development # 3 0 3

ECE190

OR

ECE191

Practicum I #

OR

Work Experience Practicum I (90 hrs)

1

 

1

0

 

0

3

 

3

ECE2xxR ECE Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/ World Language Elective 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
ECE2xxR ECE Elective 3 0 3
ENGL286 Children's Literature
(ENGL102)
3 0 3

PSYC114R

Human Development

3

0

3

XXXxxxR Social Science/Humanities/Fine Arts/World Languages/ Mathematics or Science Elective 3/4 0 3/4
ECE220 Practicum Seminar# 2 0 2

ECE290

 

 

ECE291

Practicum II #

OR

Work Experience Practicum II (135 hrs)

0

 

 

0

0

 

 

0

3

 

 

3

# - Co/prerequisites Required. See course descriptions.

Program of Study is subject to change.

Associate in Science Degree

 

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 uses 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.

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 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 and Practicum II 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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