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Introduction to Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is designed to prepare individuals to work with children ages birth through 8 years in a variety of professional settings including but not limited to child care, public schools, early intervention, and Head Start. Graduates meet the New Hampshire Child Care Licensing (NHCCL) requirements for a lead teacher and center director and are eligible for many transfer opportunities including public school certification Pre-K through 3rd grade. The Associate of Applied Science degree program provides a combination of theory and practical experience related to child development, curriculum design, social & emotional competencies, family supports, and health and safety training. Graduates have approximately 300 hours of supervised experience with children of at least two different age levels (infant/toddler, preschool, primary grade).
In addition to the full degree, the program offers four certificates that provide training for different aspects of early childhood education: Early Childhood Lead Teacher Certificate, Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher Certificate, Special Education Certificate and Advanced Early Childhood Certificate.
Learn about grant opportunities that can help pay for your ECE education