The Associate Teacher Certificate provides the beginning framework for childcare workers. Students will acquire knowledge of theories and developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) to foster children’s development and knowledge. This certificate program satisfies New Hampshire Childcare Bureau of Licensing requirements for childcare worker certification. 

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Note: Additional requirements of the NH Childcare Bureau of Licensing: 1. Health Form Completed 2. Free of Criminal Felony Convictions and 3. Criminal Background Check/Fingerprinting


This certificate program satisfies New Hampshire Childcare Bureau of Licensing requirements for childcare worker certification.

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ECE121LGrowth and Development of the Young Child303
ECE124LHealth, Nutrition and Safety in Child Care303
ECE126LInfant/Toddler Development303
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101

Total Credits: 10

Early Childhood Education Program candidates must:

  • have command of the English language;
  • have the ability to stand for sustained periods of time, walking, running, bending, sitting on the floor and on child-size furniture to meet the child’s needs and accomplish tasks;
  • have sufficient strength, stamina and motor coordination to perform frequent lifting, moving and transferring children, especially infants and toddlers;
  • have sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly in the event of an emergency;
  • have sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as to interpret important instructions to children, fellow students, and supervising teachers;
  • have the ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels;
  • have the ability to secure transportation to Practicum and field observation sites;
  • uphold the ethical codes relevant to his or her discipline (National Association for the Education of Young Children);
  • have the ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as an early childhood education student, either at a practicum site, or in the community;

Upon completion of this program the successful student will be able to:

  • communicate skillfully, both orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate empathy with children and their families;
  • perform accurate development assessments;
  • devise imaginative developmentally appropriate learning experiences.


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Program Contact

Susan Black-Norton