Early Childhood Education Associate in Science

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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. The College must ensure that students enrolled in any ECE program demonstrate emotional stability to withstand the ever-changing circumstances and the ability to respond quickly and appropriately as events require. Students are also expected to have the maturity to accept direction and guidance, exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality and sensitive interpersonal relationships with teachers, fellow students, children and families.

Requirements

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.

Prospective students with special needs requiring accommodations that may affect their practicum placement or employment options are advised to discuss specific career objectives with the program coordinator during the admissions process.

Technical Standards have been established to provide insight to students as to the skills and abilities required to function successfully in the ECE program and eventually the profession. Applicants who do not feel they can successfully meet these should contact the ECE program coordinator before applying to the program. Students enrolling in the Early Childhood Education program must have sufficient strength, stamina, motor coordination, and sensory capabilities to perform the following:

  1. 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.
  2. Frequent lifting, moving and transferring children, especially infants and toddlers.
  3. Sufficient visual and hearing acuity to ensure a safe environment and the ability to respond quickly to children, colleagues, and professional partners in the event of an emergency.
  4. Sufficient verbal ability to express and exchange information and ideas as well as to interpret important instructions to children, colleagues and parents.
  5. Sufficient skills in written expression to accurately record children’s daily progress and milestones as well as medications administered, accident and suspected child abuse/neglect reports, etc.
  6. Ability to work with frequent interruptions, to respond appropriately in unexpected situations, and to cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.
  7. Students must have reliable transportation to travel to and from practicum settings and have sustained health as outlined in Child Care Personnel Health form to fulfill time commitment as agreed in the Practicum contract.
  8. Ability to respond to children’s personal needs, including changing diapers, in a manner that safeguards the health and safety of the student, children, and staff.
  9. Ability to work in a professional and respectful manner with a diverse range of children and their families including those from different races, cultures, religions, and ethnicities as well as children with a wide range of disabling conditions.
  10. Ability to maintain professional boundaries in both the school and home environments.
  11. Ability and disposition to adhere to and practice the Code of Ethical Conduct set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.naeyc.org/positionstatements/ethical_conduct.

 

Program Curriculum

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in Early Childhood Education more than five years old from the time of acceptance will be evaluated by the program coordinator on an individual basis.

General Education Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Math Elective 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
PHIL240 Ethics 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Science Elective 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 28

Education Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ECE100 Early Childhood Growth and Development 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE104 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE109 Art, Music, Drama and Movement in Childhood Education 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE116 Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE200 Math and Science Development in Childhood Education 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE203 Language Arts in Early Childhood Education 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Education Elective Courses

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
(choose one)
 
ECE112 Learning Environments in Early Childhood 2 3 3
Classroom 2, Lab 3, Total 3
ECE106 Curriculum & Environment for Family Child Care 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
(choose one)
 
ECE204 Developmentally-Appropriate Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE250 Childcare Administration and Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECE107 Family Child Care Business Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
(choose one)
 
ECE206 Supporting the Special Needs Child 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
EDU101 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
(choose one)
 
ECE214 Appropriate Discipline and Guidance for Young Children 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
EDU215 Behavioral Challenges in the Classroom 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 12

Practicum Requirements

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ECE202 Senior Practicum: Student Teaching 1 9 4
Classroom 1, Lab 9, Total 4
ECE212 Senior Practicum: Professional Development 1 9 4
Classroom 1, Lab 9, Total 4
Total Credits 8

Total Overall Credits : 66

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