Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a positive learning environment for young children. Teachers who work in high quality programs for children understand how young children grow and learn and are able to provide materials and activities that are developmentally and interest appropriate.

In addition to the Associate degree, Great Bay Community College offers a 23 credit Certificate in Early Childhood Education and a 29 credit Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Education, which are available to students who have earned a high school degree. These Certificates can be completed on a full or part-time basis and courses are offered during the day, evening, and online.


Students enrolling in the Associate Degree or Advanced Certificate must have a personal interview with the program coordinator. This interview is intended to review technical standards and ensure students are able to meet New Hampshire Child Care Licensing Bureau requirements for health and background check.

Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate

The ECE Advanced Certificate provides students with the flexibility to earn credits to become employable as a lead teacher in a child care program, obtain alternative certification as a child care director when partnered with credits from another field or concentrate on an interest in young children such as special needs or literacy. Appropriate choices based on student goals will be discussed at the admissions interview.

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ECE100G Early Childhood Growth and Development 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE112G Curriculum Planning and Environments in ECE 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ECE116G Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Electives Elective
Classroom , Lab , Total
Elective options include any ECE course, EDU215, EDU225, EDU101, EDU220, or ASL 110
Total Credits 29

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Contact one of the Program Faculty or an Admissions Representative to learn more about the program.