The Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate provides students a successful pathway to the Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Students learn how to create healthy, considerate, caring and inspiring learning conditions for young children. Teachers demonstrate knowledge in supporting and engaging children’s families and their community, through the development of positive relationships. Furthermore, teachers understand the diversity of family dynamics and possess cultural competency in meeting the needs of their families / communities. Continuous professional reflection and growth are the key features of this certificate.

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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 provides a successful pathway to the Associate in Science Degree in Early Childhood.

Course NumberTitleLectureLabCredits
ECE121LGrowth and Development of the Young Child303
ECE122LCurriculum Development in Early Childhood303
ECE123LFoundations of Early Childhood Education303
ECE124LHealth, Nutrition and Safety in Child Care303
ECE126LInfant/Toddler Development303
ECE165LPracticum I in Early Childhood Education263
ECE224LMath and Science in Early Childhood303
ECE231LEarly Literacy Development303
ENGL100LEnglish Composition404
ESNT120LCollege Essentials101
 Literature Elective303

Total Credits: 29

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