Early Childhood Education

Degrees and Certificates


ECE121L: Growth and Development of the Young Child

An introduction to the child, from birth to age eight, as a learner and family member with needs to explore and communicate, as well as to develop social competence. Explanation of current themes of child development is provided with special emphasis on understanding children'92s developmental levels through childhood. Topics covered include: conception, heredity and prenatal development, infant development, the child in the family, toddlerhood and early childhood. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE122L: Curriculum Development in Early Childhood

The design, implementation, and evaluation of appropriate programs for young children through age six. The course focuses on the concrete, practical application of various theories, philosophies, and current research data in the field. Other topics include: the young child as explorer and learner, language, numbers, art and the world, and the effective teacher of young children. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE123L: Foundations of Early Childhood Education

This course covers the history of early childhood education and childcare, including the contributions of Froebel, Montessori, and Wheelock. The course concentrates on a diversity of programs including childcare, Head Start, kindergarten and nursery. Profit and non-profit programs will be examined. Discussion includes historical perspectives, current trends, theories and approaches to the care, development, and education of young children. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE124L: Health, Safety, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education

This course offers an introduction to the needs and best practice in health, safety, and nutrition for young children. Nutrition and policy considerations about medication administration, infectious disease control, sick childcare, universal precautions and liability, and health record keeping will be discussed. Students will be able to develop menus for meals and snacks which are nutritious, appealing and age appropriate. Recognition and treatment of child abuse victims, emergency preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, administering medication and safe environments including safe sleep will be addressed.

It should be noted that CPR and First Aid are NOT part of the course.

ECE126L: Infant/Toddler Development

This course focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for infant/toddler caregivers. Students will explore various theoretical perspectives on infant/toddler development and the pragmatics of caring for young children in early childhood settings. A study of important influences on infant and toddler development, with emphasis on the role and responsibilities of parents and caregivers in creating high quality, supportive environments with sensitivity to attachment and the importance of communication skills in nurturing positive parent/teacher/child relationships. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE162L: Independent Study in Early Childhood Education

In order to develop appropriate attitudes and skills, and to effectively apply knowledge to the care and education of young children, the student works in a licensed and approved setting under the supervision of a qualified professional. Periodic conferences between the supervisor and the practicum instructor evaluate the student'92s progress. At the close of the semester the student submits documentation relating to the student'92s practicum learning experiences. Work at the practicum site along with self-reflection and disclosure documented with journaling combine to create a structure that promotes and supports personal and professional growth.

ECE165L: Practicum I - Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Practicum I is the first of two practicum experiences where the students conduct an in-depth child study that includes documenting, interpreting, and assessing child observations. Students create, manage, and use portfolio documentation to generate invitations that support a child’s individual goals (set by the student, mentor teacher, and family of the child). Students summarize, in narrative form, a child’s growth in developmental domains. All of this is used to plan out two parent conferences. Students will complete 60 Practicum hours at a college approved Early Childhood program and may not be able to complete hours at their worksite.

ECE210L: Positive Behavior Guidance in ECE

The emphasis of this course is on the role of positive child guidance in supporting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. The pyramid model will serve as the conceptual framework for evidence-based practices and intervention approaches. The course will focus on the three main overarching themes: promotion of all children’s social and emotional development, prevention strategies for at risk children, and individual & intensive interventions for children with persistent challenges. Access to an Early Childhood program is required in order to complete an ongoing and in-depth case study.

ECE212L: Teaching with Technology

This course presents theory and strategies for effective integration of technology resources and technology-based methods of instruction to enhance and extend student learning. The role of technology in the classroom with regard to student use, teacher productivity, and communication will be explored, including assistive technology designed for students with disabilities, to discover ways in which technology supports differentiated instruction. State and National technology standards will be addressed with respect to planning curricula and technology-based activities.

ECE216L: Teaching Young Children with Exceptionalities

The course will focus on the unique characteristics of young children and families with disabilities, delays, and/or risks, including communication disorders, sensory impairments, physical and health related disabilities, child abuse, stress, and trauma. Students learn how to develop curriculum modification/accommodation strategies in all domains of development in an inclusive classroom setting or other natural environment including the use of appropriate assistive technologies. Create a supportive environment for children learning to use assistive technologies. Screening, assessment, early intervention, individual education plans, inclusive education, community resources and family issues will also be presented and discussed.

ECE224L: Teaching STEAM

This course will focus on designing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate activities and environments for children infant to age 8 with a focus on blocks, math, science, woodworking, and technology with literacy and art concepts integrated into each area. Emphasis will be on the concrete, practical application of different philosophies, theories, and current research that is manifested in various curriculum models in early childhood education. Students will dialogue and reflect together as they explore the cycle Emphasis will be on planning stimulating, age-appropriate classroom and outdoor learning environments that encourage child-initiated discovery and act as a tool in behavior management. These environments will be child and family friendly, barrier free, inclusionary, and meet state regulatory requirements. Students will learn about and apply successful attributes of documentation that make their learning and children's learning visible.

ECE225L: Art, Music, Drama and Movement

This course focuses on nurturing creativity in young children through developmental^ appropriate activities in the areas of art, music, drama, and movement. The various methods and materials used to stimulate a young child'92s creative impulses will be explored, as well as the developmental stages of artistic growth. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE230L: Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program

This course will provide a comprehensive study of the operation of an early childhood education childcare facility. Staffing and supervision, including orientation, training, and motivation and evaluating staff are explored as they relate to the business of childcare. Students develop business and marketing plans according to accepted business standards. New Hampshire Child Care Standards and licensing requirements, Child Care Development Block Grant, and funding sources are included. Observation in a childcare center or preschool setting is a requirement of this course.

ECE231L: Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

The development of language and literacy, components of a language rich environment, language arts Curriculum, and approaches to reading and writing instruction will also be explored. This course is designed to provide an overview of developmentally and interest appropriate literature and language arts curriculum for young children. It will afford an opportunity to: explore the various genres, recognize the value of literature to children’s development, become familiar with exemplary authors and illustrators of children’s literature, and learn ways to extend and enhance literature for young children.

ECE265L: Practicum II - Exploring Teaching, Curriculum Implantation

Practicum II is the second of two Practicum experiences where students assume teacher responsibilities in a different Early Childhood setting (i.e. infant/toddler; preschool; Head Start, Special Education, kindergarten or school-age program) than ECE165, under guided supervision with a qualified mentoring teacher. Students will practice intentional teaching in their work with young children by planning and implementing activities and preparing an environment for their classroom. Students will complete 130 Practicum hours at a college approved Early Childhood program and may not be able to complete hours at their worksite.