The associate teacher certificate prepares you to work directly in the early childhood childcare environment. You will learn about the foundations of early childhood education, growth and development of the young child, and health, safety, and nutritional needs of young children.
The courses in the certificate meet NH Child Care Licensing Requirements as well as provide knowledge in the Core Knowledge areas required by NHDHHS, Bureau of Child Development, and Head Start Collaboration Credential. The course curriculum follows the standards of the National Association of the Education of the Young Child Degree Standards for Preparing Early Childhood Professionals.
Part of your experience in the early childhood education program is the completion of observational hours at approved childcare centers. You must complete observational hours in all early childhood educational courses as part of your coursework.