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.


Curriculum Recommendations

  • ECE students testing into developmental reading or writing should not enroll into more than one online course their first semester.
  • Students testing into Developmental reading and/or writing should complete those courses during their first semester.
  • Degree students are encouraged to enroll in FYE101 their first semester.
  • Students should expect to take a combination of hybrid, online, day, and evening classes as part of their course work for the degree program. Basic computer skills, including word processing and internet navigation, are needed in order to successfully complete most courses.

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
ECE210G Child, Family and Community Relationships 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Early Childhood Education Elective 12*
Classroom , Lab , Total 12*
Total Credits 29

*Only courses above the 100 level can be applied toward the degree.
*Elective options include any ECE course, TCHP215G, TCHP225G, TCHP101G, TCHP220G, or ASL 110G

Total Overall Credits : 29

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